Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramics, Sculpture, Clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov West
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Andrea Lauren Williams is on her final semester at CSULB. She is currently an undergraduate going for her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics. She is from Riverside, CA and is a mother of one. She loves animals and loves art. She said that art has consistently stuck around in her life, she came from an artistic family. In her twenties, Andrea decided to enter the ceramics program at CSULB.
Andrea’s art was handmade, you sure could tell. Obviously almost all art is handmade, but you can see her hand strokes and wear her hands went through the clay. She chose not to smoothen it out, she choose to keep it the way it is. Each piece she made would take roughly a week to make her sculptures. Each piece somewhat represents an altar shape or more like the curved stained windows you see in the cathedrals.
The sculptures are tall, standing about 6 or 7 feet tall. You would have to stand very far back to capture a photo of the sculpture. On each piece, there was a bit of influence of religion. Andrea chose to include religion into her pieces as they resemble sacrifice, faith, womens’ body, and religion, with a twist. Each piece has been processed with her hands, but Andrea chose not to smoothen out the rough edges because she likes the textural feeling the piece gave.
I like the pieces, they are very tall. You usually don’t see large pieces that are taller than you, but these ones are quite large. I personally like that she didn’t smooth out the edge. To me, it looks like you could have carved this out of a cave and slapped it on the wall. I hope it’s not insulting, but like a cave painting. I found the pieces to be very impressive and remind me of the art pieces you would find in the Louvre where it is often very religious inside there.