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2014 Abstracts

Exploration of Strengths and Limitations of Clay

Natalie Jarvis, Brigham Young University

Fine Arts

My fascination with the process of distortion and my desire to bond with the transformative nature of the ceramic medium drives my exploration of its abilities and limitations. Making myself a part of the natural movement of the clay and helping each piece to find its abstracted balance is important during the creation process.

My work is meant to satisfy and release the already existing energy within the clay. The continuity of my forms depends on a balance of interactions between my wheel thrown ceramic sculptures and mixed materials. Concepts dealing with failure, rebirth, and transformation are present in my work, but are highly interpretable by the viewer. A sense of familiarity is also present on a subliminal or even surreal level in the distorted, hollow forms, which my work presents.