Amy Williams

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Featured Work: Community

Signaling, 2019, Stoneware, CNC Milled and Altered Foam (6’ x 4.5’ x 1’), Porcelain (Fired & Unfired), Salt Solution, Steel Wire, Dimensions Variable

Describe your featured work:
This piece was part of a show entitled, “Signaling,” which included two large installations within a gallery space. This sculpture was a significant move for me in my work as I incorporated some new technology and materials — particularly the CNC milled foam rock (created from a 3D scan) seen in the center of this image. The rock that I originally scanned was a beautiful, lichen-covered rock that I happened upon during a hike in rural Colorado. The rock served as a point of departure for me in the work, as it was a way for me to explore the relationship between micro and macro contexts originating in one microcosm. The resulting sculptural form was a rock that was eighteen times the size of the original rock, allowing the original formal details of the rock to be experienced in a new way. I altered the foam rock using a rusting solution to dye the foam and also included ceramic pieces on the rock which mimicked microscopic forms of lichen. The suspended ceramic vessels seen in the image dripped a heavily salinated solution onto the rock, slowly changing the sculpture with the accumulation of salt crystals. After exploring new materials and concepts in this piece, I am enjoying the process of experimenting with similar materials and themes within my current work.

Installation Detail (Lichen forms and unfired clay which were dripped on by rusting solution and water) from Signaling, 2019, Porcelain (Fired & Unfired), Stoneware (Unfired), Reused Paper, Reused Fabric, Rusting Solution, Water, Dimensions Variable
Installation Detail (Dripping forms, wire, and tubing hung from the ceiling and walls) from Signaling, 2019, 3D Designed and Printed with Resin Dripping Forms, Steel Wire, Plastic Tubing, Rusting Solution, Water, Dimensions Variable

Artist’s Statement:
After living in a chaotic urban sprawl, saturated by visual culture and information, I have found that my interest in noticing unassuming and slowly changing things has deeply intensified. Currently, my interdisciplinary sculptural work is informed by a close examination of easily overlooked natural objects and environments in both macro and micro contexts. Whether microscopic images of organic material or topographical maps, biological and geological information serves as a generative point of departure within my practice. I construct complex and delicate pieces in response to my investigations — these pieces often take the form of interconnected, precarious installations. The final forms evoke concepts of interconnection, relationship, systems (functional and dysfunctional), and entropy. Through my work, I aim to encourage viewers toward a careful attentiveness amidst the current complexity of our world, leading to a deeper consideration of the mutual impact between us and our surroundings.

Community, 2017, Reused Fabric & Porcelain, 65” x 15” x 10”

What are you making now?
I am currently working on some smaller scale iterations of systems inspired by my close examination of lichen. These pieces involve suspended dripping mechanisms, wall pieces, and floor pieces with forms echoing the various microscopic features of lichen. My hope is to create small, more intricate environments that can exist in a designated space for long periods of time as they change through both accumulation and erosion of material. As I am always interested in new materials and material relationships, I have been particularly excited about experimenting with waxed fabric forms dyed with rust in combination with more intricate ceramic elements for these new pieces. I am also in the planning stages for a few installations, one for a space within my church and another in a music education space.

Untitled, 2018, Porcelain, Reused Paper, Steel Rod, 22” x 6” x 18″

I belong to CIVA because…
I recently joined CIVA after hearing about the organization from one of my previous professors — I was so excited to learn of a place where faith, art, and theology were being celebrated and critically discussed in a thoughtful environment. After teaching, working, and studying studio art solely in secular contexts for the last decade, it has been amazing to join such a rich community of artists and thinkers. As I often felt somewhat secluded and out of place, the contrast of entering into the loving and supportive community of CIVA has been refreshing and encouraging. I’m excited and look forward to further engagement and deeper connection within this dynamic community.

Amy Williams is an interdisciplinary sculptural artist and educator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Primarily using unglazed ceramics (fired and unfired), Williams also utilizes 3D modeling and fabrication, reused paper, reused fabric, steel wire, and salt/rusting solutions in her work. She received her MFA in Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach, a post baccalaureate degree from the Oregon College of Art & Craft, and her BA from Wheaton College. Williams teaches ceramics at Concordia University Irvine and Santa Monica College.