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Artist ID: 2545

the artist attempts to channel — space, light, abstraction, spirit, sound, matter, self, God, geometry, presence — into images and objects of art. They are intended to point beyond themselves towards the unseen and are meant to be healing objects, like sacred totems.
The aim of the work is to imagine a spiritual aesthetic or a history of sacred images, objects, sounds, and places through the lens of the artist's own Southern heritage where these kinds of ideas and objects are pointedly and historically absent.

Deep time, earth cycles, Place, and the idea of the sacred are important themes in the work and the artist's process utilizes materials from the local landscape. Clay, earth, and stone are primal materials that have a visceral tactility and immediate connection to the place. Transcending the materials they are made from, the works are transmutations intended to be used for healing a land with a troubled history. They are also to be used in the ritual of survival of the current age.

C E Johnson (b. 1978) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist working and living in Alabama. Place, landscape, and the idea of the sacred are important themes in Johnson’s work. Recently, Johnson has been interested in utilizing locally sourced minerals (like marble, shale, and chalk), to create paintings, sculpture, and ceramic works.

The study of various ancient religious and spiritual traditions has become a large part of Johnson’s research including the aesthetics and materials used in the traditions of the icon paintings of Christianity, Zen-influenced ceramics, and Tantric Hindu painting.

Johnson also recently walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile walking pilgrimage along an ancient route across Northern Spain. For Johnson, it wasn’t only a spiritual pilgrimage and a way to understand a sacred act by performing one, but also an artistic endeavor and an opportunity to study the sacred spaces, objects, music and sounds encountered along the way.

Johnson’s work has been exhibited at Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, The Huntsville Museum of Art, AL; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NY; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, Alabama; Gallery 901, Selma, Alabama.

Johnson received her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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