|Amy Williams - Artist||
During this week, the Glamfa (Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts) exhibit will be up at the CSULB art galleries, which features work by MFA students in the Greater Los Angeles area. Students from schools such as CSUN, UCLA, UCSD, Cal Arts, and Claremont have work up in the galleries. Some students from CSULB will have work up in their studios as well during the Open Studios event, on Sunday, January 29th, from 4 - 6pm, and the show opening will be from 6 - 8pm at the CSULB Art Galleries. I'll have my studio open and work up during Open Studios!
The website is officially updated! You can check out my CV and news about Exhibitions...over the past many months, I've had work in shows across the country.
In April, my piece, "Memory" was chosen for the Contemporary Arts Center's 26th Annual Juried Show in Las Vegas. The jurors were sculptor Rebekah Bogard and painter Max Presneill. You can see the piece on the back wall in the photo with this article here.
I also had a piece in the National Association of Women Artists Gallery in New York City. The show, Small Works, had the stipulation of the work being within 15" x 15" x 15," and one of my newer pieces, "Untitled," was accepted.
Currently, I have a piece in the 28th September Competition at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana. The jurors for this exhibition were artist Pat Musick and former astronaut Jerry Carr. Below you can see my piece, "Empty Yet Giving," on the pedestal on the right.
In the past couple of months, several new pieces that I have been working on have finally come together.
This past week was the opening of the show "Everything Happens For A Reason" at the Flow Art Space in St.Paul, MN. One of my pieces, "Latent Inspirations," was chosen to be a part of this group show that will be up for most of the month of January. You can check out the details here. The show also features work by artists Lisa Truax, Leslee Fraser, Erin Wilson, and Chris Cinque, and there's also a solo show at the gallery featuring works by artist Peter Kenar.
Detail image of "Latent Inspirations"
This past week I found myself pushing to complete several tasks...
The first involved finishing some of the most highly detailed work I have ever made...and a large majority of the work involved a process called stippling. Stippling is a technique that's used to create a pattern or texture by using dots, and in this case, it meant making like a million tiny little holes in the clay. I began with these small seedpods....
and continued the process by stippling the entirety of the inside of this bowl....
It was an incredible amount of work, but so rewarding to achieve this completely different texture and tone by making these tiny holes in the clay. I took these and other pieces to a studio here in LA to be fired; I'll have to post pictures when the pieces are complete!
The other major task of the week was to get some work ready to submit to a show here in California. The show called for limitations in size and material, so two of the pieces I submitted were quite smaller than the work I've made in the past few years, only a few inches tall instead of spanning several feet!
Since we moved to LA, I have loved working in our home. There is a peace, flexibility, and comfort in making work where we live.
and it helps that we have such beautiful, consistent sunlight coming in through our many westward facing windows...
Our friends Allison & Luke have been working on creating their beautiful permaculture farm in Oregon for the past year or so, and just recently launched their new website! Check it out here! You can take a class, purchase some of their surplus produce this coming spring, or simply learn more about permaculture through their new site. They have been some of the biggest supporters of my work, and continue to promote even on their website...thanks Allison & Luke!!
Recently I've been working on a new project. I made many squares of 3x3" paper and try to do a drawing on one square each day. It's been freeing to use such a small canvas to compose and sketch in, and I've found that, as always, I enjoy seeing small details in form and texture. So far, each drawing has been in the context of our apartment, whether I am drawing something inside or something I can see from the window. My hope is that my sketches will inform and inspire my sculptural work. I love seeing how such normal stuff of daily life can contain such beauty.
If you look through the website, you'll find some updated pages with images of my most recent pieces in both sculptural and functional work.
And here's the window display that was up at Thea's Vintage Living!
This one-night-only show features five installation sculptures that I've made and will be displayed in the upstairs gallery at Thea's Vintage Living in Portland, OR, on NW 12th and Glisan during the Pearl's 1st Thursday event in September. We will be proudly serving wine provided by one of Oregon's own local wineries, Union Wine Co., and light refreshments. You can also see one of my sculptures currently displayed in the Glisan storefront window at Thea's Vintage Living. We hope to see you there!!