Artist: Andrea L. Williams
Media: Ceramics, Clay, Cement
Gallery: Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Andrea L. Williams is an undergraduate student here at CSULB currently enrolled in the art program with an option in ceramics. She is expecting to graduate this semester. She was born and raised in Riverside and commutes to CSULB every day. That commute is roughly 50 miles and that’s insane. Art and music were a big part of her childhood growing up and she always had an interest in it. However, it wasn’t until recently did she discover her interest in ceramics specifically. She’s a mother and that heavily affects her current work which I will talk about below.
Andrea’s work gives off a feeling of togetherness. When you look at her exhibition, you don’t see a single piece, but rather a collection of pieces that form one piece of art. For example, in one of the pictures above you can see there are 3 clay slabs set up next to each other. The two on either side of the middle piece have 3 lambs each painted on them while the middle piece can be determined as the “main event”. If you look closely on each piece that Andrea displayed, it seems as though the clay was allowed to droop a little before it dried so as to create a unique, almost rough texture that could resemble the Spanish missionaries that populate California.
The name of Andrea’s exhibition says a lot. The idea of “sacrifice” can mean be seen a lot throughout her work. Andrea could be saying that she is sacrificing herself and devoting her life to her child. The reason I say this is because typically, the lamb represents innocence and purity which I believe she is trying to connect that meaning with her child. There are also pieces which show Andrea’s new purpose in life. She talked about how becoming a mother has changed her and her beliefs. She created a piece pictured above that displays a figure rising above a cloud-like substance with open arms giving off a feeling of acceptance of change.
This week was an interesting experience as usual. I’m constantly learning and being exposed to new forms of art but this was the first time that I wanted to have a deeper understanding of someone’s work. Religion and art are two things that I believe should be embraced more. Whether it’s my religion or not, I find it interesting to see how people express themselves through their beliefs and that’s why I found Andrea’s work so interesting.