Opening Reception – “Precarious Life” – New Work from Hollie Lyko

Mockingbird Handprints

March 5, 2020 6:00 pm - March 5, 2020 8:00 pm

Mockingbird Handprints is pleased to present Precarious Life, an exhibition featuring the work of Hollie Lyko, a contemporary artist and recent San Antonio transplant. A continuation of her work with re-purposed vintage souvenir plates, this exhibition explores erasure, mourning, absence and loss within the collective American consciousness. Drawing its title from Judith Butler’s seminal text Precarious Life, a collection of essays on the war on terror, Lyko makes connections between Butler’s writing and the contentious issues of today.

Using a dremel tool, the artist erases the glaze and auxiliary imagery off of vintage collectible plates, re-contextualizing them for political and social commentary. Lyko sources her material from thrift shops, antique stores, E-bay and Etsy. This exhibition presents three new works utilizing Royal Copenhagen’s Statue of Liberty collectors plates, vintage Catholic praying hands plates and New York City souvenir plates.

Hollie Lyko grew up northwest of Philadelphia in the small suburb of Hatfield, Pennsylvania. She earned her MFA in Studio Art from Syracuse University and her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Hartford. She exhibits her work nationally, most recently at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and with Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Fuller Craft Museum and in numerous private collections. She is currently based in San Antonio, TX and teaches ceramics at Central Texas College in Killeen, TX.

Mockingbird Handprints will be moving into a larger space at Blue Star by Thursday, March 5th! It’s new location will be 1414 S. Alamo, C 112A (located in between Flight Gallery and Blue Star Bike Shop). Precarious Life will be exhibited from March 5th- April 12th.