[BFA] Ceramics with a Minor in Business
A Place for Everyone
A Place for Everyone opens a discussion around the stereotypes and expectations of gender roles. The pressure of these expectations, to look or act a particular way, and the lack of acceptance shape our view of others and ourselves; usually not for the better. This reasoning is why we must learn how to talk about gender and its impact in society. Creating an environment free of these restricting “traditional” roles takes active effort but has astounding results. The spectrum display of the work allows everyone to find a place they are comfortable, regardless of their physical presentation; and shows the multi-faceted nature of humans. This complexity cannot be expressed with restrictive norms placed on gender and is best when investigated on an individual level free of restraints. Drawing attention to the beauty of differences promotes growth and allows people to revel in being themselves. I chose to work in multiple media and dimensions to create a depth and identity that is parallel to that of a person. The drawings consist of oil pastel and drawing pencil of grey paper, done in color and large quantity as an indication of the range of humanity. The sculpted figures are unglazed porcelain to be a blank canvas that allows the viewer to imagine their own identity. Displaying figurative ceramic vessels and drawings together show the many possible ways people experience life through colorful collaboration.