"Some of them are real creatures, and some of them aren't," Suzy Sassafras Hendrix says, attempting to define the ceramic work in "Oddities," a multi-media show opening at the Jack Robinson Gallery. "I have a mouse rhinoceros. And I have a bullseye-bull with a couple of bulls-eyes on his forehead. And I've got a regular bull and a mole rat-mouse thing. These creature's ceramic heads are mounted on velvet covered boards and placed into the sometimes-elaborate thrift store frames Hendrix has been collecting for decades.
"I'd thought about saying I'd do people's pets," Hendrix says. "But then I'd have to work in the colors animals actually come in, not turquoise and pink. Where's the fun in that?"
When Hendrix was originally approached about doing a show, she was asked about pulling together a body of existing work. "That's why there are so many mediums in this show," she says ticking off the kind of work she's bringing together: ceramics-fused glass, glass painting, etc. As she began to assemble the past work, she also started completing work that had been left undone and toying with new ideas.
"There's some abstract work thrown in that goes well with all that," she says. "I have a bunch of bugs and things like that that are painted on glass and some of those are real insects. But some are griffins or sea creatures. "There's a termite in a frame that was destroyed by termites," she says. "It's probably my favorite piece, and I don't know if I can part with it."