The installation will remain and develop on campus through March 4.

EDINBORO — An international artist known for creating colossal evaporation pools will return to Edinboro University on Friday for a special exhibit at the Bruce Gallery.


Ceramicist Danae Mattes, who earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Edinboro in 1980, will return to campus to create “The Fluidity of Change,” a process that allows the clay and water structure to evolve during the months-long exhibit due to evaporation.


Following the opening reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Bruce Gallery at Doucette Hall, 215 Meadville St., Mattes will allow her creation to remain and develop on campus through March 4.


“Bringing in artists such as Danae Mattes, who exhibit internationally and are imbedded within global art hubs like San Francisco, give our students a window into the intensity of dedication and focus necessary to succeed,” said Dietrich Wegner, Edinboro University art faculty member and director of the Bruce Gallery.


Mattes lives and works in Berkley, California, and travels the globe for solo and collaborative art exhibits at galleries, schools and museums.


To create the evaporation pools, Mattes pours water into a circular sculpture on the floor of the gallery. From there, the water blends with the clay and malleable powder to allow the sculpture to grow and evolve on its own.


“It’s free and yet it’s controlled. And that’s part of time. The water exists, and then it’s gone. The closed system of water on earth is an alive cycle we’re always living within,” Mattes told the Mercury News in California during the creation of a 3-day, 1,300-pound clay evaporation pool. “It’s fully liquid, absorbed, vaporized and released as air. Every time you breathe, you’re losing water.”


Mattes’ visit is part of Edinboro University’s ART100 celebration, which recognizes the past century of art and art education at Edinboro. For more information on this and other ART100 events, please visit art.edinboro.edu/art-100.