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ARTIST STATEMENT and BIO
The current direction for my ceramic artwork is inspired by the marvelous forms and surfaces of vintage metal containers, whose aged appearances evoke imagined narratives from their working and playing lives.
Whatever the container’s original purpose, the design, use, misuse and discarding of each one is a unique saga of industry, entropy and revival which I aim to express.
I form my pieces by hand, asking the clay to curl and cantilever further than it likes, emphasizing the aspects of material construction that are inherently different from pottery. I seek the ductile seaming of tin-work, the details of screws and spot-welds, and the gravity-defying extensions of wires, spouts and handles.
The serviceably-used appearance of dents, drips, and rust - always rust! – inform my built-up and painterly surfaces, helping them look as if they happened over time rather than were fabricated.
The words and imagery used to brand and promote a product’s features and benefits also come into play. I am amused by the straightforward guilelessness of package design from years ago and use it to springboard to invented new meanings.
My pieces end up as both sculptural interpretations and usable vessels, a vitally important aspect to me. I desire these re-imagined relics to have new lives, recalling a humble past, but embodying an artful and unlimited present.
Liz Crain is a ceramic artist who creates colorful hand-formed vessels and sculptures. Her ... more