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Anna Feldman: capstone

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2017

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Feldman, Anna, artist

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The artist's statement: Clay reflects the plasticity of my thoughts. It is a malleable material that can be rapidly and easily manipulated. After firing, it is transformed into a permanent entity of stone that encapsulates the ideas infused into it. My connections to the material are very specific and reflect my personal day-to-day emotions and influences. Contemporary ceramic artists like Kathy Butterly, Matt Wedel, and Anders Ruhwald have inspired and impacted my reactions and interactions with clay. Their use of vivid colors, alluring textures, and playful methodology greatly intrigue me and impact qualities of my work. I am also attracted to the concept of playing, humor and tying in pieces of nostalgic memories from my childhood. I long for a time in my life when whimsicality was dominant and my thoughts were filled with mermaids, Seussian creatures, and an urge to create my own environment. By tying in textures and colors that remind me of these muses, I can bring back memories of the naïve, nonsensical, and unrealistic aspects of my being. I never strive for perfection or uniformity, but to document lingering ideas that need to be addressed. Each tile begins to represent windows peaking into various neglected ideas, paralleling the fast paced changes that are constantly made in my life. Each piece is interlaced with reactions that course through my fingertips the day that I translate this mud into a form. It is a constant battle of acting and reacting. Never fully ending until it leaves my possession and begins a narrative of its own.

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2017 Spring.
Colorado State University Art and Art History Department capstone project.
Capstone contains the artist's statement, a list of works, and images of works.

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pottery

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