Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramics, Raw Clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Ms.Williams is an undergraduate student at CSULB. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Ceramics and this semester will be her last semester here at CSULB.
Ms. Williams have mentioned that she grew up in a family where music and art are part of it. With her drawing and painting background, Ms. Williams have decided to create art sculptures with ceramics in her 20s. A fun fact about Ms. Williams – She was in band when she was young and she role is the drummer.
Ms. Williams personally likes religion and her work has a lot to say about religion. She described her work as religious but twisted, and the main focus on her art is the gesture.
When I first stepped in the gallery, I was amazed by the huge sculptures in front of my eyes, not only by their size but also the art.
As mentioned before, Ms. William’s art sculptures are religious, this time, she has included a lot of pictures of Virgin Mary.
The shape of the sculpture looks like a grave in my personal opinion.
The colors of the sculptures are mainly gray, it mixes with other colors such as white and brownish-red.
The scale of the sculpture is huge. From my opinion, it represents the great role as a mother.
The texture of the sculpture is rough. From my opinion, it represents the pain and uneasy life a woman has to experience when she becomes a mother.
Ms. Williams is a married woman and she is also a mother at the same time. Hence, the topic of her art tend to evolve around motherhood. Her art shows a woman sacrifices her body and her time for her baby. I personally think that she did a great job in portraying the pain a woman has to endure during and after pregnancy, and a mother’s love to her child.
Ms. Williams wish to allow her audience to have a different understanding towards religion through her sculptures. She wants to make people question more and deeper about religion, and she also want other to start questioning about art.
Ms. Williams also hope that her audience can have their own personal view on religion while looking at the sculptures she created.
This was the very first time I see something so closely related to religion, as many people are trying their best to avoid talking it.
I was surprised that Ms. Williams brings the meaning of religion to the next level, while everyone is avoiding this sensitive topic, she is creating these religious art sculptures and placing it on public and allow everyone to view and question it. While I was doing the artist interview, I heard some classmate asking her if she worries other people criticize about her art because it was religious, and her answer was no.
Her work tend to focus more on Virgin Mary, since she is also a mother herself. I do feel sad and painful at the same time while looking at the sculptures. It was like I can almost feel the pain my mother has to endure during and after her pregnancy. This makes me think that mother plays a very great role in each and every of our lives, and i feel extremely grateful.