Artist: Andrea Williams
Media: Ceramics, raw clay, mason stain, cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Williams. Andrea is an undergraduate in the ceramics program here at Cal State Long Beach. She is from Riverside, born and raised, and commutes to Long Beach everyday. Art and music have always been a part of her life growing up, but she didn’t really get into it until her 20s. She has a drawing and painting background but just recently got into ceramics. Besides art, Andrea’s interests include being a caretaker to her baby, dogs, pigs, and chickens back at home. As far as her work goes, her art explores religiosity, sacrifice of not only of a particular faith but of a woman and her body and her time.
Andrea’s work is very religious and explores her Christianity. Her artwork is seen as textural, loose, conjectural, and hand-made. When she works with the cement and the clay, it’s all hand-made and she doesn’t like to smooth out the lines in her pieces so you can tell her hands have been in the artwork itself. In all of her pieces, there is some repetition and it’s very obvious that Andrea likes to work with texture.
After talking with Andrea, she claims her artwork is “religion with a twist” which I found very interesting. She made it clear to me that she didn’t want her artwork to come off as just another religious piece, she wanted it to be something that would catch your eye and make you want to look at it a little longer. She was very adamant that she likes her handprints and fingerprints in each of her pieces so the person looking at it knows that each piece is hand made. Through her art, Andrea wanted to explore the ideas of religion, and sacrifice of a woman and her body and time. She can relate to this first hand, because she is a mother of a child.
Overall, I really enjoyed Andrea’s pieces. In general, they were very interesting to look at and left me wanting to see more of what she’s made. I loved how she made it personal to herself so she could really dive into something that she loves and that she can connect to. However, it was hard for me to relate or connect to any of her pieces because I’m not very religious and I’m not a mother that has sacrificed my body for a child. With that being said, I’ve sacrificed my body to sports and being a girl, my body gets judged daily. In conclusion, I loved Andrea’s artwork and I hope I get to see more of it in the future.