Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramic, Raw Clay, Cement,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Instagram: Adrea Williammms
This week there were many galleries to view, but as I walked into the first one which had big ceramic and cement amazing pieces on the wall, I knew which artist I wanted to write about. Luckily, the artist was sitting outside at the table alone, so I had the opportunity and honor to introduce myself and ask her a bunch of questions one on one. Andrea is an undergraduate student in the school of Ceramics at CSULB. She was born and raised in Riverside California. Art and music has always been apart of her life, but when she reached her 20’s her husband told her to finally choose a major and she went with Ceramics. Prior to choosing ceramics, she was in a band and has played the drums since she was 12 years old. Her main interests are her child, and all of her animals at home (pigs, dogs and chickens). Her work explores sacrifice; which parallels to her own personal life, as she has to sacrifice her faith, motherhood and work during her life.
Her work is textural loose, gestural and very hand made. I loved how she told me she never tries to smooth out her finger prints on any of her work as everything she creates is very hands on and her finger prints resemble that. The main repetition in all of her pieces is that she focuses on texture and gesture. She uses many materials, but she explained how the majority of her work is 50% ceramic, while the other 50% is made from cement. In order to add color to her pieces she uses mason paint!
All of her work explores a lot of ideas and concepts. Andrea’s work encompasses religiosity; a particular type of faith. A faith of a a woman and everything a woman has to sacrifice, such as her time and body. She is trying to explore the idea that woman sacrifice so much in the religious world.
Andrea and I had a very good genuine conversation. I respected what an amazing artist she was, but even more how humble she was. I loved her concept of Sacrifice. I am not a very religious person, therefore I didn’t understand nor relate to the religious aspects of her work, but the concept of women sacrifice I did. There are so many times in a woman’s life where she has to make sacrifices, and I think that is something usually overlooked in life and in art.