Master of Arts
Carrie Ohm, M.F.A.
Javier Chavira, M.F.A.
Michael Hart, M.F.A.
Merging the past and the present and the simplistic with the complex, form the foundation of my work. My sculptural work in ceramics depicts hybridized versions of distinct pieces of machinery that have been distorted and fused together to create ambiguous forms that offers a sense of curiosity and draws attention to each piece. These pieces are reminiscent of the types of rusted and decayed parts I found lying around my grandfather's truck yard when I was a boy. Machinery appealed to me not only because of the interesting forms but also because of the visual texture and enduring quality that iron possesses. Furthermore, mechanical parts have an aesthetic value that is not typically admired and often overlooked because of their functionality .
My work recreates the mystique similar to what I experienced as a child at my grandfather's excavating company: seeing something familiar but not fully understanding its function.
Cammarata, Richard, "Gear Driven" (2012). All Student Theses. 36.