Restless Ones | Ceramics

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Medium:Clay
Dimensions:7"  x 10"  x .5"
Weight:2 lbs
Delivery Format:2D Artwork
Additional Description:I work with a vocabulary of imagery including houses, figures, natural elements, and tools, which have been pressed or printed into clay. Through these materials and images, and in my writing, I am exploring ideas about interconnectedness, transformation, survival, memory, love, forgiveness, family, and how humans fit into the landscape of time and space.
This wall tile is raku fired. The poem here is part of a piece by Robert Service titled The Restless Ones.
Artist StatementI 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.
Artist BiographyMerenda 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.
Education
Virginia Commonwealth University|Graduated
What I Love Doing
Making art, playing with my son, being outside, running to the river, working on projects, community arts, making things, learning new things.
What I Find Beautiful
People and objects that have a history, trees, nature, simplicity, depth.
My Favorite Memory
Riding horses to the South Anna River.
My Favorite Art Style
Anything that is made from a genuine urge to express an idea that an individual finds to be of great importance.
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Personality Type No
Subject Matter Other
Recipient No
Collections No
Artwork Medium Clay
Creative Style Other
Artwork Underlying Themes Change, Childhood, Family, Fatherhood, Growing Up, Hope, Inner Strength, Life - coming of age, Love for a - other family member, Love for a - parent, Overcoming - fear, Perseverance
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