Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramics, Cement and Clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
This weeks artist that I talked to was Andrea Williams. She was born and raised in Riverside. She is an undergraduate student here in the School of Arts at California State University, Long Beach. She is currently in the Ceramics program and is going to graduate this semester. When Andrea was a teenager she was in a band and was the drummer. Art and music has always been in her life, it wasn’t until she was in her 20s that she decided to pursue ceramics. Andrea is a caring mother and wife, as well as being a Christian. She also really loves animal which would explain for her having pigs, dogs, and chickens. Andrea tries to incorporate her religious views into her artwork. Her art tries to explore the ideas of Sacrifice, through her work and motherhood she has sacrificed her body, mind, time, and life.
For Andrea Williams’s work she used ceramics, clay, and cement. The main colors she used are red, gray, and white. The texture of her pieces looks rough and bumpy. Her pieces have many different shapes but the lines look precise on the outline of the body. When you look closely you can see the detail, effort, and time she put in her work. Each piece takes her about a week or so since ceramics takes a long time. Since Andrea is trying to demonstrate the “sacrifice” of a women’s body and women through a religious perspective, most of her artwork has drawings of a women’s body. All of her art work seem to be in the shape of a tombstone.
Andrea Williams through her artwork she tries to explore the religion Christianity but specifically on a women’s body and time. Becoming a mother was an experience that has changed her life in many ways no doubt but to her it was for the better. Through her work she tries to demonstrate the “sacrifice” her body, time, and life has endured. Her life will always be transforming and although this can seem quite scary she keeps striving and will never give up on her faith or her love for her daughter and husband. Andrea hope that through her work the viewers will question art and religion as it is a controversy issue.
This art experience really spoke to me as a women. For women we do have to sacrifice so much for our loved ones. We are given the beautiful gift of being able to create life and bring it out to this world. Women have to endure pain and transformation when creating life. Our bodies grew in many ways that make us become more self-conscience. Once we have a child our life revolves around them as they literally mean the world to us. Although I don’t have any kids of my own I have seen all the sacrifice my mom and older sister have done for their kids. Through Andrea William’s art I able to see the message she is trying to demonstrate, the sacrifice women endure while at the same time incorporating religion. As religion plays a huge part in her life and as a mother you only hope the best for your child and I feel as a mother you grew more in your faith as you wish to pass this on to your children.