Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Exhibition: Final Sacrifice
Media: Ceramics, Cement, Rock Clay, Mason stain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Andrea Lauren Williams is currently an undergraduate ceramics major at California State University of Long Beach. She lives in Riverside and commutes everyday to her school. She did settle down to make a family but after a few years, she decided to go back to get a higher education. Williams owns a dog, pigs, and chickens. She was also part of a band and reminisces about playing with her band members although she did say she disliked the business aspect.
Final Sacrifice is series of pieces that are a hybrid of sculptures and paintings. It is made of half clay and half cement. The walls of the base and the painting itself resembles a popcorn ceiling. There are spots that come out and prevent the surface from from being flat. The drawings all are made with a red and white color while the sculptures are made with a similar color. She prefers to use ceramics instead of ceramics so it would explain the molding being done in her pieces.
The objective of Final Sacrifice is to encompass the religiosity and the sacrifice of a woman and her time. The painting makes it seem as thou it were drawn with a finger which symbolizes struggle since it was used with a finger instead of a paint brush. The paint color may be interpreted as blood which could have the same affect as the finger painting. Religion is very prevalent in what was being drawn. Lambs are very sacred in Christianity and they definitely had a holy glow. Williams also depicts women in religion that seemed to be missing. Instead of having Jesus Christ on the cross in the famous event, she displays a woman instead. They seemed to have been forgotten in religion and she is bringing them back in art.
As an observer, I felt that the call back to ancient finger art gets her point across much more effectively. It opened my eyes on how much religion, Christianity in particular, seemed to leave women out in a lot of their artwork and I feel that Andrea Lauren Williams is able to hit the point across with he artwork. Overall, I enjoyed this take on religion and thus, give Final sacrifice my seal of approval.