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Phyllis K. Sullivan

2009 Artist In Residence

Phyllis K. Sullivan’s work concentrates on the creation of energized inner space made visible through the open grid of interlaced clay coils. Like the Klein bottle, a mathematical construct, her net-like sculptures blur the border between inside and outside, giving the illusion that she is constructing with voids. Volume, characteristic of architecture and clay containers, is the heart of her work.

At MAD, Sullivan focused on “The Penelope Project,” which brought the concept of interlacing to the forefront by focusing on “weaving” as a means of interconnectedness. Visitors carved into clay arches, which were then positioned on the floor to give the illusion of threads in a giant tapestry, creating a “whole” greater than the sum of its parts.

Sullivan’s ceramic sculpture has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. For more information please visit her website:

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