Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramics, Cement, Clay and Mason Stain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Gatov Gallery West
Andrea was raised in Riverside and is a mother. She is an undergraduate at CSULB. She is also in the ceramics program here in CSULB School of Art. Her interests include religion, music, art, and her family. She says that both art and music run a lot in her family and she also played the drums when she was young. Due to her being a mother, she needed to find a good balance between her art and taking care of her child since some of her materials are not suited for children.
Andrea’s work is thought provoking and out there. She used her ceramics skills to make sculptures that seem like they are actually paintings on a wall. The shape of her work is often spherical and curvy. She tries to keep the texture rough since it gives more dimension to her work. It is curvy with some jagged edges. She mainly focuses on the coral-pinkish color for her main drawing and uses a grey cement-like substance for her background. Her work is pretty large and can take a lot of space.
The artist was trying to capture religion in her art work and wants people to stop and think about what her work really means. She is a dedicated Christian, but she wants people to wonder what religion really is and how to interpret it differently. Her work also signifies sacrifice and mostly through the point of view of a mother and how mothers will give up almost everything for their children including their mind, body, and life. She explores how being a mother changed her life significantly and how she sees the world differently and wants to show her new found understanding of life.
For me, her work seems very questionable. There are many thoughts and ideas that enter my mind of what sacrifice really is. Her art is very beautiful and symbolical. I interpret it as her trying to show that it wasn’t just Jesus who suffered, but his mother too. Her work shows a lot of mother and child references and I believe it i because she is a mother too. Her art brings a new light to what it means to be a mother and that being a mother is more than just giving birth. There is more to it and mothers everywhere should be praised and respected for what they go through with their kids.