Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
2014 Alchemical Vessels Exhibition



As one of the twenty curators, Judy selected both local established and emerging artists to transform an unconventional canvas into stunning and meaningful works of art.

Alchemical Vessels brings together 125 local artists and 20 prominent curators for a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. Each artist transforms a simple ceramic bowl by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, community, sacred space, and the alchemical vessel.

The ceramic bowl was selected as the fundamental element of the exhibition to symbolize creating a space where healing can take place—an idea at the heart of Smith Center's work and mission. Metaphorically speaking, Smith Center—the space and the work they do within their walls—resembles an alchemical vessel. People bring their everyday burdens, fears, and pains to them, and in this place of holding, they help transform those toxic elements into hope, light, wisdom and strength.



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