RAiR: Qwist Joseph

January 26 - March 10, 2019
Opening Reception:  Saturday, January 26, 5:30-7 pm
Artist's Lecture at 5:30 pm
Marshall and Winston Gallery

For Qwist Joseph, his thought process travels through object creation, collection and composition, working intuitively to reveal the poetic nature of how something transitions from an idea to the physical world. He then freezes these ephemeral moments in permanent materials like ceramic and bronze to create a tension between the past, present and future. This record sheds light on the effects of life, encouraging vulnerability and self-reflection. 
Joseph has used this time in Roswell to “simultaneously excavate the pain of my past and dream about my future.” In June, he will marry his partner of 12 years, and the weight of this upcoming milestone has only deepened his need for quiet contemplation. A Splinter Forever is a culmination of this search for a more honest and considered existence. It explores his relationships over time, examining the challenges and beauty inherent in uniting two distinct lives.
After years working alongside his dad at a family bronze foundry, Joseph received his BFA from Colorado State University and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2016, he was selected as an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly and awarded a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Most recently, he was living in southern California where he taught sculpture and ceramics at the University of Redlands and Chaffey College. Joseph has shown nationally and internationally, and last year was commissioned to create public works for the Davidson Sculpture Garden in Riverside, California, and the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was selected as a 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist.

Eleventh Hour (002)

Qwist Joseph, Eleventh Hour, 2018, inkjet print on archival paper, Courtesy of the Artist.