Bellevue Arts Museum Eastside
Oct 20, 2017–March 25, 2018, Wednesdays–Sundays
Recommended by Julia Raban
Artist and ceramic art professor Walter McConnell is known for doing something unusual with his clay pieces: not firing them. His wet ceramic works are often intricate, complicated, and enormous, and anyone looking at them would never question how "finished" they are. His latest exhibit, Itinerant Edens: A Measure of Disorder, looks terrifying. McConnell took full-body scans of live models, made 3D plaster molds based on their bodies, and cast terracotta clay models from the molds. He then created nature-inspired pedestals, put the human figures on top, and sealed the scenes in tall, thin terrariums. The end result looks like a dystopian version of the Natural History Museum. Because the pieces are unfired, they have changed and morphed over the course of the exhibit, so visiting now will provide maximum uneasiness.