Artist: Andrea L. Williams
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Andrea Williams is an undergraduate majoring in Ceramics at CSULB. Originally, she attended community college and had her license for cosmetology. However with the support from her husband, she is now attending CSULB and is pursing her dream. She is happily married and is a mother. She loves animals, especially her pet pigs, chickens, and dogs.
The texture of her pieces is very rough. She sticks to neutral colors like tan, black, and white. Andrea’s pieces are large and definitely grabs her audience’s attention. To add contrast to her work, she uses red to emphasize what she wants the audience to look at. The roughness to her pieces make them look like they are from an ancient time.
Andrea’s work reflects religion and her journey with religion. She is very tied to her religion and shows that in her work. She stated that she likes exploring religion because its a topic that is uncomfortable topic for most people. Her work also gives empowerment to women, in particular mothers. She shows how mothers make sacrifices for their children and the power they have.
When I first walked inside the gallery, I was immediately taken back. It was very different than anything else I have seen. Personally, I am not a very religious person. However, after seeing her art, it is clear why religion is so important to people. Her art emphasized the beauty of religion. My favorite piece was the woman who is pregnant. Her facial features show that she is a strong woman. I love that she has her hand on her belly to show how protective she is over her unborn child. Overall, I loved Andrea’s art work and I’m glad I was able to experience her art.