Wk 7- Artist Conversation- Andrea Williams

Artist: Andrea Williams

Exhibition: Sacrifice

Media: Ceramics, Raw Clay, Cement, Mason Strain

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://mrsdubbayoo.weebly.com/

Instagram: @AndreaWilliammms

Andrea Williams is a undergraduate in the CSULB  School of Arts Ceramics Program. It wasn’t until Williams 20s that she developed an interest in painting, however she was raised in an artistic home. Art and music have always been in Williams family circle; Williams was once a drummer for a band. Williams developed into handling ceramics with the encouragement of her husband, and when she is not creating, she loves being a mother to her baby and her house of pets. Motherhood has given Williams a great source of inspiration and influence as reflected in her creations.

Williams creations are hand crafted with cement and ceramics on large scales. The pieces are not smoothly crafted, but Williams paints over the molds with orangish-red and white paints. The pieces look like paintings one would see on stone walls of a Church or a Mission from the use of texture.

Her symbolism for sacrifice uses religious context, referring to the Lords Son  Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins. The symbolism of a woman spread on a cross is referring to the sacrifices that women and mothers give for their children, spouses,  family, and friends. Sacrifices like bearing children, both physically and mentally alter the female body. The distortions of imperfect molds further symbolize how the female body changes.

To some it may be offensive, however I view Williams use of biblical reference inspiring and empowering as she takes a powerful global image and recreates it in a relatable social problem. She speaks not to disrespect the Lords Son, but to gain public eye of woman sacrifice.

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Author: huntermervosh

Est. 1993 I am a senior at CSU Long Beach wrapping up my final semester. A great amount of my time is dedicated to my career at Vans. I can genuinely say I love the company I work for and everything they represent. I'm a dog person. Cats are overrated, although I have three felines. My heart is taken by a little dachshund named Brawtney. I have two family dogs I also have a soft spot for- a German shepherd, Kekoa, and a beagle, Levi. I'm the type of person who will show up to a party and hang out with the host's dogs all night- and if anyone asks, "oh, that party was lit". I love the outdoors, and being indoors is a punishment, but adventures are no fun unless you have someone to share it with!.. So I value the people in my life greatly. I am a hula dancer of 17+years. I'm not that great in comparison to my beautiful hula sister who I share the stage with, but I love traveling and competing with them. Excited to soak up my last semester here at The Beach!

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