Artist: Andrea Williams
Media: Ceramic, Cement, Mason Stain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Andrea Williams is an undergraduate student here at California State University Long Beach. She is expecting to graduate this semester with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics here at CSULB. Andrea grew up in Riverside California where she lived with her parents who were encouraging with art and music. She used to be in a band and played the drums ever since she was twelve years old. She does not miss the business side of being in a band, but she does miss playing in shows.
Influenced religion, Andrea set out to use ceramic, cement, and mason stains to show her religious view on a woman’s sacrifice. Andrea’s art work and how it was displayed seemed to have a pious vibe to it. The way the materials were used gave the panels a look as if it was old and worn down, and the artwork was part of some sort of ruin.
All of Andrea’s pieces seem to be part of a bigger picture or story that is trying to be told. According to Andrea, her work “encompasses religiosity” and portrays “sacrifice”. While working on this artwork, Andrea said she thought a lot about, “How motherhood has changed me indefinitely. The thought of that is scary and uncomfortable.” She also said, “I think the hardest thing about this new life is the feeling that I will lose myself; that I will lose myself and never get it back.” These are few of the many thoughts and feelings that were running through Andrea while working on these pieces of art.
The idea of religiosity and sacrifice seemed to get across to me inside of the gallery. I enjoy viewing artworks that are depictions of some sort of divine power. I understand that was not the message of the exhibition, but I really got a divine feeling or vibe while viewing the art work. I believe this is because of the strong unifying and influential theme of all of the artwork that is also casted onto the room upon walking in. I think this really helps the viewer try see what the artist was seeing.