In “Far and Wide” Mary Morazzi Henderson features ceramic sculptures that were made in response to the global crisis of the pandemic and climate change.
When the coronavirus outbreak forced Morazzi Henderson’s ArtSpace studio to close, she started working from home. To cope with her fear, uncertainty and understanding of the world around her and within, she started making forms that looked like the covid virus. Sculptures of different sizes, shapes and colors soon emerged. Creating these visual representations of the virus became a way of making the abstract tangible.
Walking in the woods, along a beach, or in an open field became another means of coping. Morazzi Henderson found healing, rejuvenation, and inspiration in the beauty and quiet of nature.
At the same time, the increasing threat of global climate change on the environment was constantly in the news. Daily reports of catastrophic wildfires, life-threatening droughts, heavy rains and other environmental disasters became the subject for newer and different forms. Her “Roadside Trees” and “Reforestation” sculptures — representing hope and strength — are inspired by the benefits trees have on the environment and their importance to everyday living.
Morazzi Henderson has dedicated “Far and Wide” to those who are fighting tirelessly to end these global crises, to the frontline workers who are saving lives, and to the families and friends that have lost loved ones. Celebrate Earth Day 2022 on April 22 with this year’s theme, “Invest in Our Planet.”