Artist Statement & Biography
I spent my childhood in a tight knit community in rural Virginia, raised by a single mother who built houses for a living. Growing up surrounded by trees and creeks gave me a deep awe of the natural world. I watched people working and saw the value in craftsmanship and the ability to fix, build, and make. These experiences shaped my ideas about how to live and use my hands.
I seek out a variety of materials for making tiles, ceramic work, and mosaics. The re-use of building supplies and found objects is a transformation that parallels the metamorphoses that takes place in these materials and in clay itself. I see this same constant re-birth in myself, my students, and every artist who works creatively to examine the world.
Merenda Cecelia lives in Richmond, Va. She is an artist and state certified art educator with extensive experience in ceramic and mosaic work. She has taught for 12 years in a variety of settings including public and private schools, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and The Visual Arts Center since graduating with a BFA in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, she is on the Teaching Artist Roster with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, teaches art classes in the Richmond area, and works at the VMFA planning community events. When she is not doing that you can find her in the clay studio, practicing yoga, or playing in the woods with her son.