Artist:Andrea Lauren Williams
Media:ceramics, raw clay, cement
Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist:
Andrea currently is a senior in the CSULB ceramics program, and her gallery is titled Sacrifice. She resides in Riverside with her husband and children. Being a wife and mother gives her the motivation and enjoyment to pursue ceramics because they are such a positive influence on her life. She enjoys art and music, she used to play drums in a band she was in.
Andrea’s pieces are created using ceramic and cement. The colors that are used give a dark and earthy feel to the pieces. The pieces are full of texture some very rough like the main images and others seem smooth like the miniature sculpted baby hands. Her work is multi dimensional and can looked viewed at different angles.
Andrea’s work in this gallery focuses on the sacrifices women make for motherhood. There is imagery of women in different phases of motherhood. There is also representative images of motherhood, for example the baby hand molds and the sculpture of a pelvis.
I found this exhibition interesting. I like how she juxtaposed the religious sacrifice of Jesus with the sacrifices that women make to become mothers. It also serves to show motherhood as a symbol of the divine. The exhibit made me think about the sacrifices women make with their body and their time to have and raise children. Seeing Andrea’s work was both an enjoyable and thought provoking experience for me.