Some 800 Obama Rocks later, Svendsen gathered them all in the kiln and fired it up on election day, for better or for worse. I checked my kiln all day, as if it would give me a sign, she says. It was kind of like waiting in the maternity ward. The finished nuggets will be displayed in jubilance as part of an installation titled Obama Rocks: Hope Cast in Clay, which opens tonight at NEXT Gallery, 3659 Navajo Street, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
And if Obama had lost? I looked at the opening as either a christening or a way for everyone to get together and come to terms with losing, notes Svendsen, who admits she had some additional works in the wings, including one depicting a hand reaching down a toilet with an American flag. But I wont have to use it now, she adds cheerfully.
Obama Rocks remains on view through November 30; for details, go to meagensvendsen.com or call NEXT at 303-564-3610.
Nov. 14-30, 2008