Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Exhibition: Final Sacrifice, Womanhood, Religion
Media: Ceramic, Cement, Rock Clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Andrea Lauren Williams is currently an undergraduate student in BA Ceramics at California State University Long Beach. Andrea is expecting to graduate this semester. Andrea is a mother to her nine month old daughter and is expecting to have her other child. Also, Andrea is married and her husband motivated her into pursing in art. Growing up, Andrea was influenced by art and music when she would be around her family. Andrea was in a band and has two pets, a dog and chicken.
When I first saw Andrea’s art work I was amazed by her sculptures. Her art work was life sized and there was a lot of detail. Andrea used clay, cement and ceramic in her work. The texture that her work had was bumpy and rough. Andrea wanted to make her artwork look rough instead of it being smooth. The colors that her art work had were white, brown, red, and grey. Her artwork explores and expresses the woman’s body.
In her art work, Andrea focuses on the texture. Andrea expresses a lot of sacrifice and religion in a woman. Growing up, religion was always a part of her, in which she uses in her work. The work features Christianity and Motherhood. Andrea got the idea of her art work once she became a mother. Her exhibition has a religious twist to it because it explores the sacrifice of faith and the sacrifice that a woman goes through. Andrea has infant body parts in her art work, so that it can reflect the time when she raised her child.
Synthesis / My Experience
I enjoyed how Andrea used religion in her work. The way she used the idea of religion and motherhood in her work was unique. I realized how a woman sacrifices so much and how it is unnoticed. During motherhood, her artwork shows how powerful a woman’s body is and I liked how her work relates to her motherhood. I would definitely like to see more of Andrea’s art work.