Ceramics, wood, textile, and found objects
6 x 7 x 3 ft.
The title "American Craft" is a reflection of my own milieu. It identifies the nature of the artwork. Often the word "craft" is used diminutively, putting the object into a category below fine art. To me, craft is the link between fine art and the viewer. It is accessible and often times functional. Because of this accessibility, the objects are never stagnant. As craft, they are made to be as much a part of the owner as the owner is part of the object. Thus, these narratives are under continuous reanimation by the viewer, who completes the stories according to their own perspectives. The installation is a narrative shrine, not unlike those created by individuals in their own home on the mantelpiece. Special thanks to Paul Long.
Russell, Jonathan, “American Craft,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed April 16, 2014, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/1542.