Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Exhibition: Sacrifice. Lots of parallels of faith
Media: Ceramics, Raw Clay, Cement, Mason stain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Andrea was born and raised in Riverside, California . Art and music has always been in her family. When she was 20, she was told by her husband to choose drawing and painting. She was in a band and played the drums when she was younger. She constantly reminiscence and starts to miss the shows her band performed in. Now her interest are being a mother, owning pigs, dogs, and chickens. She is an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach School of Art in Ceramics. She is going to graduate this semester from Long Beach State. Her main ideas for art encompasses religiosity. She comes from a Christian background so most of her work is religious. She would describe her work as Christian but twisted, textural, loose, and handmade.
Andrea would tell everyone that her work is religious with a unique vibe. Her artwork has a loose texture with strong attitude being made with just her bare hands. She creates her work with paint, cement, and clay. If you pay attention closely you’ll see that in her different pieces by looking at them that almost all of them have a grey background with a figure of a person painted on it. All of her artwork is very texturized, you can see all the finger strokes on the clay. There is a lot of similarity on objects but she mainly focuses on texture and gesture. Almost all her work has to do with some type of sacrifice. She takes about a week or so to finish one single artwork.
This artwork Andrea Williams’ created was about Motherhood, religion and sacrifice. Most of these pieces of art are showing nude women holding children, looking up to heaven and being pregnant. All these pieces connect with the mom and child and how a mother will do anything to protect her baby. Through her art work you can see that people are sacrificing their body, mind, time and life. While she works she has different moments, reactions, choices and feelings and this is what creates her unique ceramic pieces of sacrifice.
For my experience of this week’s gallery walk, I walked around first to see the Andrea Williams’ gallery. Her pieces meant so much to me, i had a strong connection with them. I never seen anything like this before.I decided to interview and look at her pieces. These were unique with having the texture of her fingerprints. Something that got my attention was how big the art work actually was. So far, this was probably one of the most touching and well designed art gallery I saw so far this year. I really enjoyed looking at all these different pieces of ceramics.