3.5" x 10.5" x 8"
Colored slips, stains, and underglaze transfers on stoneware
This body of work [the memories series] focuses on agriculture and surrounds my experiences growing up on a 3-generation family farm. I showcase the challenges, gratifications, and memories I've experienced within my life and hope to honor my family's legacy and others across the midwest.
My chosen claybody is a dark brown stoneware. I wanted the bare claybody to be visible in areas and represent the earth and soil. While the overall rigid edges create an abstracted square shape or form resembling pieces of the earth. Parts and pieces come together to create an installation of a cumulation of "memories".
Colors integrated into this body of work are a reflection of the colors I remember when looking back at my childhood which are still visible today. Yellow symbolizes a warm field flooded with winter wheat, a pile of corn or soybeans, aged and sun-stained garage doors, harvest, and John Deere. Yellow resembles the sunshine, happiness and optimism, which are feelings that are overwhelmed within the close quarters of my family. Green is an obvious color in the farming industry resembling growth, life, healthy crops, fertility, energy, and John Deere. Green is the color of seed treatment we use, grass-stained knees, tree frogs, spring, mowing, waterways, and John Deere.
"Family Tree" is about a cottonwood which has been growing on our farm since the day my grandpa purchased our first plot of land. This tree is the oldest structure that still stands and I felt that it deserved to be recognized, especially with everything it symbolizes.
"From the time my grandpa purchased our first piece of farm land, this tree witnessed the passage of generations. Cycle of life. Serves as a symbol of our family. Growth. Roots of connection. Interconnected."