Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramics, Ray clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Ms. Williams is born and raised in Riverside and is a student here at CSULB. She is currently in the ceramics program here at CSULB and is working on getting her bachelors in fine arts, ceramics. She grew up in a family that art and music are a big thing that they all love and enjoy doing. Ms. Williams is a full time mother which she loves and enjoys and is currently pregnant with her second child. Her husband is one of the few people who got her to start drawing and painting and she use to be in a band and played the drums. Her interests are being a mom, pigs, and little chicks. She decided to do her sculptures with ceramics in her 20s and chose to put religion in her wok because she is so fond of religion and it shows through her art work. Her main focus that she wants us to see not just religion, but the twistedness in it and the gesture of her art.
Ms. Williams’s art has a meaning and saying which is religion which shows us both Christianity and motherhood in her pieces. The name if the exhibit clearly reflects her work because she’s trying to show the sacrifices of a mother. The colors used in her pieces were mostly grey with white outlining and also a dark orange or red color as well. In most or all her sculptures and paintings had a naked women, which were in different positions like one pregnant, one is on the cross and another holding children. These were to show and represent how a mother is nurturing and has a loving and caring bond with her child. MS. Williams art looks rough, but that’s because how she sculptured the clay to make it look more realistic and it looks more 3D as well.
Sacrifice of a mother was clearly shown in Ms. Williams sculptures and she resembles the sacrifice and love a mother has for her child. She is a mother herself and I think her being a mother and pregnant inspired her to do such amazing pieces. I can clearly see what she was trying to portray and it can be in a religion way, but she wants us to question her work and ask her question about what we think and see in her work.
Synthesis / My Experience
Overall I had an amazing experience looking at all the different sculptures and the meanings behind them. I can relate to her artwork because of the relationship I have with my mother and I see my mom sacrifice for me and my siblings every day, she works hard to get us what we need and I’m thankful for that every day. So going to the exhibit just made me appreciate my mom more and I feel one day in the future ill have those same instincts and crate a special bond with my children and love them unconditionally.