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My art is the most complete and sincere expression of my self. It allows me to communicate the complexities of life in a way words can not. I create abstract ceramic sculpture as an emotional and visual response to the ever-changing environment I live in. My latest body of work attempts to express the delicate b… Read More
My art is the most complete and sincere expression of my self. It allows me to communicate the complexities of life in a way words can not. I create abstract ceramic sculpture as an emotional and visual response to the ever-changing environment I live in. My latest body of work attempts to express the delicate balance between nature and a growing consumer-driven population. The artworks were influenced by the BP Oil/ Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. As an artist living on Florida's Gulf Coast, I have been directly impacted by its aftermath and will be for years to come.
I have been working exclusively in clay for 20 years and have developed a unique way in working with porcelain slip to build intricate abstract sculptures. I love the medium for its delicacy and ability to showcase color on the one end, and the complete opposite on the other. I enjoy the challenge and difficulty of building a vertical structure in clay and all of the effort that goes into making a sculpture successful (both visually and structurally). Finally, I love firing the work in the kiln (usually multiple times).
Previously, I developed a body of work based on the floral bouquet, which celebrated the beauty of the world and life through the use of bright colors and complex forms. This latest work tells the story of man's destruction to our environment, and is an evolution/ de-evolution of the original floral bouquet concept. Unlike the earlier work, everything within these "ecosystems" (birds, butterflies, dogs, humans, etc.) is covered in oil and is struggling to survive.
My goal is to continue with this type of (environmental) work because there is a growing need for awareness. I have a lot of ideas that I want to translate through clay and I feel like I am heading in the right direction. Read Less
Education:

1995 Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri- BFA Ceramics (studied with Ken Ferguson)
1999 Florida State University, Tallahassee- MFA Ceramics


Select Exhibitions:

2012 Life, Death & Everything Between, Longstreth Goldberg Art, Naples, FL (book)
2012 ArtFest Fort Myers, FL (festival juror)
2011 X Bienna… Read More
Education:

1995 Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri- BFA Ceramics (studied with Ken Ferguson)
1999 Florida State University, Tallahassee- MFA Ceramics


Select Exhibitions:

2012 Life, Death & Everything Between, Longstreth Goldberg Art, Naples, FL (book)
2012 ArtFest Fort Myers, FL (festival juror)
2011 X Biennal Internacional de Ceramics, Manises, Spain (catalog)
2011 Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale, Icheon, South Korea (catalog, film)
2011 Cheongju Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea (catalog)
2011 Intellectual Complexities, Longstreth Goldberg Art, Naples, FL (solo)
2011 Naples Inaugural Contemporary Crafts Exhibition- (I was the exhibition coordinator
and organizer. Mark Richard Leach was the juror. I also produced a full color catalog)
2010 Selections from the Vault, Ohr-O'keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS (permanent collection)
2004 & 2009 Giants of Sculpture, Naples, FL
2008 Kosmas Ballis- New Ceramic Sculpture (De-evolutionary Bouquet Series), Fort Myers, FL (solo)
2006 Perchance to Dream, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (catalog)
2005 GICBiennale (the 3rd), Icheon South Korea (catalog)
2005 Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy (catalog)
2005 Cover of Ceramics Technical 18 (an international Australian ceramics publication)
2005 NCECA Baltimore (solo) & 2001 NCECA Clay National, Charlotte, NC
2004 Jane Hartsook Gallery, NYC (Betty Woodman curator)
2000 The Evolutionary Bouquet Series- Chicago, IL (solo)


Grants/ Awards:

2005 & 2008 Individual Artist Grants, City of Fort Myers
2003- 2008 Numerous Best of Show awards
2002 Bob Barth Memorial Award
2001 iTheo.com Grant (Kurt Weiser)
2001 NCECA Emerging Artist, Charlotte, NC


Professional Experience:

2011- Radio interview on NPR discussing the BP Oil/ Deepwater Horizon Sculpture Series (WGCU 90.1 Ft. Myers, FL. Available upon request)
1999- present- Full-time studio artist with a concentration on ceramic sculpture. Educator and lecturer of art
2010- present- Gallery Associate, Longstreth Goldberg Art, Naples, FL, Southwest Florida's largest contemporary art gallery.
2003- present- Owner: Ballis, Inc., and Echo Vintage Books & Vinyl Records, Ft. Myers, FL (over 1 million antiquarian books and rare records, celebrating 5 years of business in a 100 year old building- see Facebook page). Read Less
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