Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramics, Cement and Clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Andrea Lauren Williams an undergraduate art student at the CSULB School of Art under the ceramics branch in which she is supposed to graduate this semester. Andrea was born and raised in Riverside. Music has always been a huge part of her family and life; in fact Andrea can play the drums and was in a band. Andrea is not only just an art student, but she is a caring mother. Andrea also like animals, which would explain how she owns pigs, dogs, and chicken. Andrea is a Christian and incorporates her beliefs into her artwork. Andrea juggles being an artist with being both a mother and wife.
Her artwork is inspired by what she is passionate about and sees value in. For example, she focused on sacrifice and what it means for a woman to sacrifice her body and time. This is seen in her depictions of women in her artwork. She described that her work was not meant to be offensive, but she is aware of its provocative nature. There is a particular work in which a two women have assumed the role of Mary and Jesus when Jesus is dying in the arms of his mother. Images of women such as this one were intended to have viewers question and engage with the image. She explained that the religious aspect of her exhibition are not meant to be religious nor sacrilegious, but an exploration of motherhood and women’s roles.
Williams main formal goal is to create textural pieces. The other formal qualities that are most evident in her body of work is the loose, gestural strokes in the material as Williams describes as being “very handmade.” There is also a form of repetition within her body of work, but Williams has made it quite clear that her main formal focus is creating textural pieces. To make all of the pieces in this show took about a week to allow for materials to dry and settle during the process. Although she loves creating these pieces, it is not a walk in the part. Williams admitted to some things about the process of her work that make it difficult for her. As a mother, it is difficult for her to do work at home because some of the materials she works with are toxic; this concerned her during her pregnancy. Between the two materials she uses most, she feels that clay takes a very long time to dry whereas cement is very quick. That may influence why she uses both of these materials; I think that the different drying times allow for different layers with different thickness/hardness the process of creating her pieces.
I enjoyed the work that was presented. Her work overall is amazing I would definitely consider buying her work in the future.