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
About the Artist
Andrea is from riverside born and raised. She is currently a undergraduate at CSULB with her major being ceramics. Growing up she was always surrounded with art and music since it has always been in her family. In her early 20’s is when she started exploring the idea that she should get into art specifically ceramics with the motivation of her husband. She is a mom and has animals like pigs, dogs and chickens. She also use to be in a band where she played the drums. Her religion is that she is a christian but she believes her work does not focus on one religion. Her art explores her fairh and motherhood.
Andrea would inform the crowd that her work was religious but with a slight twist to it. It was interesting to see how her work used some cement like texture. It is interesting because we usually don’t use cement like texture for art but for construction. Most of her work included the cement grey background with a person or two in the art. None of her work is smooth, the reason for that is because she like her fingers to be in the texture of her art. There is a representation in the people but her main focus was the texture used in her pieces. Her pieces are completed in about a week from start to finish.
Andrea Williams’ created was about Sacrifice, Religion and Motherhood. Most of these pieces of art are showing naked women holding children, looking up to heaven and being pregnant. All these pieces connect with how a mother is always connected with her children no matter what happens. She is showing through her art pieces that people are sacrificing their body, mind, time and life. She can refer to sacrifice when she gave birth to her child and now motherhood has changed her indefinitely. While she works she has different moments, reactions, choices and feelings and this is what creates her unique ceramic pieces of sacrifice.
I believed he art work was different, there was nudity of beautiful women. I had not seen religion brought into the main idea of being art. Only religious art I had seen in churches but she does put a twist on it like she says. I love that she brings her motherhood into it and represents a woman and expresses feminine idea in just a big scaled piece with her background of religion.