Scattered: Shelby Adams

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Scattered: Shelby Adams

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Academic Level at Time of Creation

Senior

Date of Creation

Spring 4-26-2019

Artist Statement

Currently, I am focusing on the aesthetic nature of my artwork and how its appearance aids to its use. My work tends to lean towards the more organic/imperfect side of crafting: whether it be in my ceramic work or metalsmithing, I enjoy the small variations in form that create a true sense of the handmade. I further this sense of hand-craftedness by exposing the materials themselves, such as leaving metal to patina over time or leaving the clay exposed while glazing. The strong sense of materiality within my work, along with their organic sense of form, creates very naturalistic objects that emphasizes the materials themselves. I’m interested in the minimalism that these choices can evoke and how these aesthetic leanings affect the functionality of each piece. Recently, I’ve begun to incorporate shapes that are not simply round. I began by forming bowls and cups with my hands, giving them a sense of an abstract, bodily shape. I’ve pulled these forms into my recent metalwork, as well, implementing them into earrings, pins, and patterns.

Influences for my work include Chris Staley, Tom Kemp, Mary Giles, and Peter Pincus. I draw inspiration in the forms, color, texture, and materiality that each of these artists implement into their own work and experiment with ways to reinvent it into my own.

- Shelby Adams

Advisor/Mentor

John Utgaard, Jeanne Beaver, Mike Martin

Description

Featuring a number of Ceramics & Metals works in the exhibition. My work tends to lean towards the more organic/imperfect side of crafting: whether it be in my ceramic work or metalsmithing, I enjoy the small variations in form that create a true sense of the handmade. I further this sense of the hand-crafted by exposing the materials themselves, such as leaving metal to patina over time or leaving the clay exposed while glazing. The strong sense of materiality within my work, along with their organic sense of form, creates very naturalistic objects that emphasizes the materials themselves. I’m interested in the minimalism that these choices can evoke and how these aesthetic leanings affect the functionality of each piece.

Photo Credit

All Images:

Photo credit, self, 2019

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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