Wk 7- Artist Conversation- Andrea Lauren Williams

  • Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
  • Exhibition: Sacrifice: Lots of Parallels of Faith, Motherhood, Work
  • Media: Ceramic, raw clay, cement
  • Gallery: Gatov-West
  • Website: Mrsdubbayoo.weebly.com
  • Instagram: AndreaWilliammms

About the artist

Andrea Lauren Williams is an undergraduate student at CSULB. Williams is from Riverside. She is in the art program, and she expects to graduate this semester. Williams’ specialty is in ceramics, although she previously tried drawing. Williams stated that her husband inspired her to work with ceramics. In fact, she did not start to work with ceramics until she was in her 20’s. She loves animals, and even owns some dogs, chickens, and pigs. Previously, she was a drummer in a band. However, now she is an artist. Williams stated that her art reflected motherhood and her faith. While she is a Christian, she stated that her art is not focused on her own religion.

Formal Analysis

Williams work is made up of clay. While she has plenty of pieces on display here, most of them have the same color and texture. The only difference is the painting itself instead of the materials. This is nice because it gives her art a sense of unity. It sort of reminded me of the types of painting one sees when they are in a church. All of her pieces here had a rocky texture. They were also colored with brown, red, and beige colors. They were all about the same size as well.

Content Analysis

Overall, Williams’ art was meant to represent faith and motherhood. By seeing these pieces, one can see that she accomplished her goals. She stated that he art was also going to represent the sacrifice that comes with women and faith. The best example of this can be seen in the piece that has a women being crucified. I thought that this was an interesting image to show because of the combination of faith and women. Usually, when someone sees a crucifixion, they think of Jesus. However, Williams created a new image that was unique to look at. Her other images also have a similar theme to them. Apart from Jesus, she also uses Mary in some of her art. This would also accomplish her goal of making people question what is religion and art.

Synthesis

In the end, looking at this art was an interesting thing to do. That is because she managed to combine religion and art in a unique way. While I previously stated that her art looks like it can belong in a church, I think that it way different than the type of art that you would see in church. That is because of her use of body and women in the art. The art looks religious, but it does not look like it belongs to one certain religion. This makes the pieces vague, and interesting to talk about. The sacrifice shown in the art is also something that was cool to look at. I liked that she decided to show sacrifice because I think that it is  something that many people can relate to. By that I mean that most of us has had to sacrifice something regardless of how big the sacrifice was. Overall, this was one of the most interesting art exhibitions that I have seen so far this semester.

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