Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Exhibition: Final Sacrifice
Media: Ceramics, Cement, Rock Clay, Mason Stain
Gallery: Gatov Gallery West
This week, I approached Andrea Williams. She was born and raised in Riverside, California. She grew up in a family very much into music and art. She is currently an undergraduate student in ceramics and is on track to graduate this semester. She used to be in a band and plays the drums. She is a mother and loves animals, she has a pet dog, chicken and a pig.
In her work, Andrea Williams utilized rock clay, ceramics, mason stain, and cement. Her work of art is in the form of a sculpture/mural representing themes she strongly feels about. The work is life-size and has warm tone colors, not presenting much life. What is unique about her work is the bumpy structure. Usually artists tend to smooth out the surface of their work; however,her hands are visible on her work. Williams claimed that she does this because she wants people to see that it’s handmade and that she was there. Williams also describes her work as religious but twisted, textural, and handmade. She is a Christian and chooses to do religious pieces because religion is a topic most artists tend to stay away from.
Andreas art represents themes involving sacrifice, motherhood and/or womanhood. Her pieces involved unclothed women who were being depicted in a religious way. She uses the parallels she has with her faith, work, and family to create these art works.
I thought it was very interesting to see these works because these art works aren’t usually seen. Her idea of using her religion as well as her own faith and experience as a mother, resonates with me because it shows that you can create whatever you want with any ideas you perceive. During motherhood, her artwork shows how powerful a woman’s body is and I liked how her work relates to her motherhood. I would definitely like to see more of Andrea’s art work.