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.
"Agriculture" was inspired by a newspaper article printed in July of 1969. This article shows my grandpa starting off his career as a one-man farmer. He was such an influence to me growing up and role model to my father and brother.
"Grandpa was my biggest fan. He supported and loved his family with all his heart. He started at the bottom, but had a dream, he wanted to farm. He taught his children and grandchildren the ropes of the career, while still providing."