Best of Phoenix

Artist Cheryl Brandon Commemorates Phoenix with an Inside Joke

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See also: Hot Plate! Best of Phoenix Commemorative Collaboration Opens Oct. 4 at R. Pela Gallery

The ceramicist can often be found working on her sculptures in her home studio in North Scottsdale.

What's your earliest memory of Phoenix? 1996 is the first time I saw Phoenix, when I moved here from Kansas City, I remember the Mountains, and thought it was odd to see mountains without vegetation. The plants were odd too, like I was on another planet.

What inspired your plate for this show? A nursery rhyme,"Hey Diddle Diddle" from childhood, understood the show is about Phoenix, but the object is a dish, or plate. Thus the "Dish ran away with the spoon". But in the center of the dish (plate) is the commemorative part... The Judgmental Map, and is something that only a person who actually lives in Phoenix would get and understand. Like an inside joke....

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