Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramics, Clay, Cement, Mason Stain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist: This week I had the pleasure to speak with Andrea. Andrea was born and raised in Riverside. She lives in Riverside and commutes to school everyday. She is currently working on getting her bachelors in fine arts, ceramics here in CSULB. Andrea grew up in a family in which they all love music and art. She is married, a full time mom to a little girl and is currently pregnant with her second child. Andrea was not sure what she wanted to do until her 20’s when her husband asked her what she wanted to do and she said ceramics. She was as well a drummer in a band since when she was 14.
Formal Analysis: Andrea explained how she mainly uses ceramics and cement through her art work. She also explained on how she does not like to smooth out her fingerprints because she says that it takes away the actual meaning of her work. She also described how it takes her about a week for one piece to be completed because she has to wait until it dries and then see what the final result will be based on the colors that come out. She also said how she likes to use ceramic material because it is less toxic to children, considering the fact that she has a little girl.
Content Analysis: Religion has a lot of influence throughout her art work. She relates her art work through religion because she says that it is a topic many artists are afraid to work with. She explained on how her art work encompasses sacrifice not just by faith, but by a women, her body and time. She also talked on how she uses the body of women to show the power and capabilities a women has.
Synthesis/My Experience: I was really amazed by the art work Andrea has done. Her child being her main influence on her artwork and changed her life for better was one of the things that I was really amazed to hear. This personally made me think that many things can always influence your life for completely and for better without you even knowing. Overall, her reasons on building all her art work in general was just amazing.