Wk 7-Artist Conversation

Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Exhibition: Sacrifice
Media: Ceramics, clay, cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: AndreaWilliams
Instagram: andreawilliams

About the Artist

Andrea Williams is an Undergraduate in Ceramics with a background in art and music and is graduating this semester. She currently lives in Riverside with her husband and child and commutes to school. She mostly concentrates on being a mom to her child and her love for her many animals such as a dog, pigs, and chickens. Her work explores religiosity and sacrifice of faith, specifically with women’s bodies and time.

Formal Analysis

The media is made up of clay and cement and has a handmade form to it. If you look closely at the pieces, you can see actual handprints from the artist which she doesn’t normally like to smooth out. Her artwork is very textual with loose handmade gestures. There is repetition of different objects with the main focus of texture.

Content Analysis

The whole idea of her artwork is to display the sacrifices in life and the ones she has had to make throughout her life. She uses a religious theme and Christian based visual to show this sacrifice which in Christianity, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the ultimate sacrifice for the world. Since she is a mother, she has noticed the sacrifices she has had to make with her body and time that goes unnoticed for women. She describes her work as “religious but with a twist”.

Synthesis / My Experience

Overall I thought Andrea’s Art pieces were cool. I especially liked the texture and how she would rather show the handprints and imperfections that make the piece apart of her than to try to cover and smooth out the rough edges.

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