katie queen

katie queen
I am traditionally trained in the ceramic arts. Although I embrace and honor the rich history of clay, I invent and pursue new approaches to the medium that tests the limits of the materials I use intentionally breaking craft rules. My current work in clay is repetitive in construction, building small pieces to create a larger form. Methodically I strive to find balance between solid and stable, cumbersome and chaotic, using elements to construct a teetering or uncertainty that reflect the fragile existence between these two states. I explore opposing shapes that draw attention to the tension and negative space forged from parts of a whole. Each unit is conjoined to the larger structure creating an irregular or oscillating silhouette. By retelling my process over and over through the intrigue of rudimentary construction such as, wheel thrown vessels, coil, and pinching, I am reinforcing this fact: mundane fragments conjoined through a repetitive process can create an edifice.