Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramic, Raw Clay, Cement, Mason Stain
Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West
Andrea is from Riverside, CA. While talking to Andrea, she mentioned how art and music has been such an important part of their everyday lives. In fact, she was in a band and played the drums. It wasn’t until she was 20 when Andrea decided to pursue art. She is currently an undergraduate student pursing ceramics. She is a mom, wife, and owner of dogs, pigs, and chickens.
Andrea’s strokes are textural loose, gestural, and hand-made. She tries not to smooth things out, including finger prints. Her repetition of objects focus on the texture and gesture. She loves working with cement panels, they took about a week to make.
Andrea’s exhibition was very religious. In fact, our conversation with Andrea gave off religious vibes. She described her work as religious, but with a twist. She hopes that viewers question religion, and therefore question art as well.
Growing up in a Catholic home, I understand the value of religion and its impact on lives. Andrea’s artwork questions religion, emphasizes the beauty of the human body, and more importantly the beauty of life. The red mason stain was very vibrant and powerful, emulating the beauty of life in motherhood, yet portraying how motherhood is sacrificial. I really enjoyed looking at Andrea’s artwork, it was nothing I had ever seen.