October 2, 2012 · 0 Comments
Syd Carpenter is a Philadelphia artist whose work we’ve long admired. Her ceramic sculptures are in many museum collections — Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy, the Renwick in Washington, DC, and right now she’s included in the group show, Creative Hand, Discerning Heart: Story, Symbol, Self at the Michener Museum (to Dec. 30). Carpenter’s muscular and biomorphic forms pull together recognizable imagery — chains, fences, flowers, and a series of farms based on small family farms in the South. Considered together, Carpenter’s work is a loose narratives that suggest personal and black history. Syd, who is a Pew Fellow (1992) and Tyler MFA is the chair of the Studio Art Department of Swarthmore College. In this clip from our interview, Syd talks about communities honoring their own work outside the hurly burly of the major media and culture outlets. Next Monday listen to the full podcast.