Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
My ceramic sculptures are abstracted portraits of friends and family. They reveal no clues about the age, the gender, or the physical identity of the subjects. Instead, they are abstracted character traits rendered in clay with a biomorphic sensibility. I translate a particular personality trait of a friend or family member into a tangible object and arrange those pieces referencing botanical forms. I tend to choose the negative traits that cause friction in our relationship. My work is a way of acknowledging and dealing with the struggle these traits have caused. I structure my pieces as a floral arrangement to transfer an otherwise unfavorable experience into a positive one.
Martin, Laura M., "Fully Loaded" (2012). Art and Design Theses. Paper 110.