Artist: Andrea Williams
Media: Ceramics, Raw Clay, Cement, Mason Strain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
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.