Artist Statement

I am a multimedia artist focusing in ceramics and painting. I will be graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte majoring in Fine Art with minors in Women & Gender Studies and Psychology with a bachelor's degree in 2017. My practice tends to be in two series that contain mini series that are five to twenty pieces referencing the human body. I chose to create work from a microscopic to macroscopic view. My work is embedded with information abstractly to draw the viewer in.

 

I mainly work with clay, plaster, and acrylic paint. I use abstraction as a tool to engage people. My practice tends to vary between small and large scale works that challenge me to either blow up microscopic views or to minimize large details. My ceramic work sculptures are wheel thrown or handbuilt then stacked, collapsed, or altered to imitate the human body. My painting are created with multi-layers of plaster, acrylic paint, and mark-makings, that I do with palette knives and my fingers to create texture and depth.

 

With the glaze, I use my fingers to make markings that look unintentional but every mark is planned. In my practice, I use black and white mainly, but sometimes I use color for purpose. Such as in my painting When the Target is on YOU, I used blue to reference the happiness and joy of the jazz era. In my process, there is a wait time between greenwear being fired and plaster drying. In that time, I get to do more research or plan the markings that need to be applied to give my art work life.

 

The concepts of my work focus on internal and external conflict issues regarding the human body. The internal issue with the human body that I focus on is the decay of cells from a microscopic view. I am intrigued by the colors, shapes, and the process of the decaying cell. I research how the autoimmune system attacks itself in certain diseases like Lupus and Cardiovascular Disease. Then I create works that reference the cells decaying process and then embed my paintings or ceramic work with markings that are similar to the cells.  

 

My external concepts regarding the human body discuss social issues like discrimination, identity, gender, equality, and self acceptance. My external social issues are inspired by everyday life, stereotypes, and social norms. These issues are usually abstracted to draw the viewer in, but not in a way that would overwhelm them.


The viewers of my work consist of people in my community, school, and workplace. My scale of work is to engage the viewer so that they do not overlook my work. Also, I aspire to have the viewer to interact with my work, to see my sculptural work from different angles, to be intrigued by my work. My creations are solely purposed to be engaging and to have people form some type of connection and perception on  their own.

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 "It is not about the end result, it is about the process & how it makes you feel." - LaDara McKinnon

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