What is your background?
I began working in clay in early high school and have since completed my undergraduate career with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southwestern University in 2018. Throughout my four years in college, I began mixing and formulating my own glazes, working with various clay bodies including a heavy focus on porcelain, and developing a unique and personal style. My work is thrown and taken off the wheel to be sculpted and altered. I glaze my work and fire in a gas reduction atmosphere at cone 10.
Geographically, where are you resident or active as an artist?
I am a practicing artist in Georgetown, Texas and am originally from Dallas, Texas. I will be moving to Fort Collins, Colorado to continue learning in clay while being critiqued by a new set of faculty in hopes to push my concepts and aesthetic value of my work further.
What does your work aim to say?
I strive to connect the perception of our own bodies as influenced by media and society to soft, fleshy ceramic sculptures and objects in an attempt to alleviate the negative perception of our bodies. By creating quietly beautiful ceramic objects influenced by my own bodily insecurities, I hope to evoke a sense of appreciation of the features found on ourselves that provoke personal feelings of shame or discomfort.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
Clay is often a medium regarded for its value as a craft or hobby instead of being seen as “fine art” like painting and sculpture. I would like to see ceramics grow into the same regard as other mediums in the art world throughout history, rather than adhering to the hobby and craft category of art-making. As a woman who works in a “craft” medium, it is difficult to convey the conceptual nature of our work without being taken seriously or at the same level of respect as men and male artists.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
The ability for self expression in societies where women have been previously suppressed due to the verbal expression of emotion and lack of authority is a powerful reason to be a female artist. Women have always strived to make themselves heard, from reproductive rights to equality. Through creating art, we are able to break through verbal barriers and communicate our ideas and passions in a way that can educate those in society that see us as lesser.
Georgetown - Texas - USA