The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us (installation), 2020, hemp porcelain, hemp terra cotta, glaze, terra sigillata, wire, putty, paper Dimensions vary

Rest, 2020, hemp porcelain, hemp terra cotta, burnt umber, putty, paper 35” x 20.5” x 17”

Rest (detail), 2020, hemp porcelain, hemp terra cotta, burnt umber, putty, paper 35” x 20.5” x 17”

Fences of Portland, ME, 2020, terracotta, terra sigillata, black iron oxide, black nickel oxide, bronze glaze, 27” x .25” x 10”

Stay Together, 2020, hemp terra cotta, terra sigillata, cobalt, black nickel oxide 25” x 18” x 35”

Flower Field, 2020, terra cotta, terra sigillata, titanium yellow mason stain, wire 26” x 1/4” x 72”

Posted on: May 13, 2020
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Anna Valenti

2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition

hemp porcelain, hemp terra cotta, glaze, terra sigillata, wire, putty, paper

Dimensions vary




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Anna Valenti

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MFA Student

Major: Ceramics

Graduation Year: 2020


Artist Statement:

Frequently moving around the country throughout childhood, I developed a deep sentimental attachment to the living spaces and things that surrounded me. With constant change, I found that a relationship with an object goes beyond its utility becoming a way of archiving our place in time. Collected objects carry familial continuity and hold a sense of belonging. Using the iconography of the domestic, I explore the emotional valence and affect of interiors, exteriors, as well as the spaces in-between.

My work stems from family traditions of weaving, gardening, and jerry-rigging. Sensitively documenting objects in clay, baskets, chairs, and screens all stand in for a felt experience. Through the addition of hemp fibers and the strain of kiln firing, I seek to create ceramic forms that viscerally move. It is in the balances and tensions between pattern and plainness, soft and heavy, stable and precarious, that my work lingers. Both intimate and monumental, the objects and interior spaces I create speak to the perennial need to be and belong.

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