Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: Ceramic, raw clay, cement, mason stain
Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery West
Andrea L. Williams is an undergraduate Ceramics BFA student at CSULB from Riverside, California. Alongside being an artist, Williams is a wife and mother. She loves music and animals, especially her pigs, dogs, and chickens.
Andrea Williams utilizes rock clay, ceramics, mason stain, and cement in her work. Her pieces are created at a large scale and are an instant attention grabber. She uses muted, warm neutral tones with little bright colors, strong reds are used to add contrast and emphasis. While ceramic and clay pieces are typically smoothed intentionally, Williams purposefully left her pieces rough and with hand prints to show that they were created with human hands.
Andrea’s work has a consistent theme of religion. Andrea describes herself as a religious person and says she likes to work with religion because it’s a topic many artists are afraid of. It’s evident that Andrea’s work is a reflection of herself, with themes of religion and motherhood being a constant theme. Andrea works a lot with images of the female body to really show its power and capabilities.
I personally was immediately drawn to Andrea Williams’ work. It’s large scale and sometimes controversial subject matter really drew me in. It’s rare to see religious pieces done with a bit of edge and these were exactly that. Williams’ use of various mediums shows her ability and talent as an artist. I look forward to seeing more work from Williams and am eager to tell my friends about this emerging artist.