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 was born and raised in Riverside, California . Art and music has always been in her family. In her 20’s, her husband told her to choose drawing and painting. When she was younger she played the drums and was in a band. Now she misses the shows her band performed in. Now her interest are being a mother, owning pigs, dogs, and chickens. She is an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach School of Art in Ceramics. She is expected to graduate this semester from Long Beach State. Her main ideas for art encompasses religiosity. Most of the work is pretty religious coming from a Christian background. She would describe her work as religious but twisted, textural, loose, and handmade.
Andrea would tell everyone that her work is religious with a twist. Her artwork has a loose texture being made with just her hands. Most of her work is created with paint, cement, and clay. You can tell in her different pieces by looking at them that almost all of them have a grey background with a figure of a person painted on it. None of her work is smoothed out, the reason why she does this is because she like to see the texture of her fingerprints in the clay. There is repetition on objects but she mainly focuses on texture and gesture. Almost all her work has to do with some type of sacrifice. Each piece of her artwork takes around a week to make from start to finish.
This artwork 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.
Synthesis / My Experience
For my experience of this week’s gallery walk, I walked around first to see the different artist that were there. The first and last stop was at Andrea Williams’ gallery. Somewhere in my heart her pieces got to my emotions. I never seen anything like this before. This is the number one reason I decided to interview and look at her pieces. These were unique with having the texture of her fingerprints in the clay. Another reason it was interesting was to see how large these pieces of art actually were. So far, this was probably one of the most touching and well designed art gallery I saw so far this year. I really enjoyed looking at all these different pieces of ceramics. Now, I can’t wait to see what next week’s art gallery has to show.