Join curator Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy and ceramic artist Alex Anderson as they discuss the aesthetics of optimism in contemporary ceramics. Humor, cuteness, and the decorative will be jumping off points for conversations with young professionals of color who are shaping the field today.
Envisioning Latine Futurism with Kristy Moreno
Today on Clay in Color, we chat with Kristy Moreno. She creates badass femme and nonbinary figures in clay and paint to examine the bonds between social, political, and personal narratives. In our interview, we talk about ideas of futurism, 90s television superheroes and supervillains as inspiration for her characters, and her practice as a form of building community and achieving survival. We also discuss her use of soft colors to contrast the sharp gazes of her figures and the incorporation of makeup and accessories historically used by Latine women and nonbinary people.
The Joy of Missing Out with Ashwini Bhat
Today on Clay in Color, we chat with Ashwini Bhat. She creates abstract and organic sculptures that reflect on self and place. In our interview, we talk about rituals in her life and practice, having a nomadic lifestyle before moving to California, and the joy of stillness. We also discuss her passionate pursuit of understanding the natural environment around her and the role of collaboration in her practice. Furthermore, we chat about color choices and the symbolism of the Calla Lily.
If Dinosaurs Had Instagram with Chanakaran “Punch” Semachai
Today on Clay in Color, we chat with Chanakaran “Punch” Semachai. She creates boldly colored and patterns vessels and sculptures of dinosaurs that poke fun at the human condition. In our first international interview, we talk about how isolation as a graduate student in the United States prompted her to develop her signature dinosaur characters, her “everything but the kitchen sink” attitude about color, and balancing humor and darkness in her scenes. We also discuss her funny titles as an expression of the human condition and the idea of dinosaurs navigating social media.
Not a Rocketship but a Rollercoaster with Grant Levy-Lucero
Today on Clay in Color, we chat with Grant Levy-Lucero. He creates vessels as canvases for paintings of signs around Los Angeles of recognizable products. In our interview, we talk about his first time visiting Seoul, how he started working with clay, and finding a form and imagery that would make his art accessible. We also discuss his start in the fashion industry and trying to diversify his practice. Furthermore, we chat about making his surfaces more three-dimensional.
Defining an Asian American Experience with Beth Lo
Today on Clay in Color, we chat with Beth Lo. She creates sculptures and vessels that reflect her Chinese American experience through the motif of children. In our interview, we talk about childhood as a crucial moment for imagination, turning to cute imagery of children at a time when “macho” aesthetics were considered superior and how raising a child influenced how this motif evolved. We also discuss whether there is such a thing as an “Asian American aesthetic” and the role of food as a motif in her practice.
On Building a Meaningful Legacy with Roberto Lugo
Today on Clay in Color, we chat with Roberto Lugo. He creates portrait vessels of Black and Brown icons that incorporate graffiti and Hip-Hop iconography and references to historical ceramics. In our interview, we talk about making Lugo’s legacy about giving back to his community and making ceramics a more accessible medium to combat systemic racism. We also discuss the risk in portraiture, anxiety around being in the spotlight, and how coming from “the ghetto” has influenced his practice.
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