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Amy Roberson at MudFire
Gallery group show Resident Artist Show, March 2014
Amy Roberson Artist Info
As an artist I often find myself under a lot of stress, but there are two things I have found that can brighten my mood; electronic dance music and candy. These two comforts are quite different from one another, but their effect on my emotional state is remarkably similar. From the first second of consuming these two products, I feel an intense immersion of joy along with a connection to ingrained feelings of elation. Through the use of ceramics I create forms to share my appreciation of these two amazing themes.
Music has a wonderful ability to bring people of different backgrounds together to form new innovative subcultures. Electronic dance music, specifically dubstep, is no exception. Within this particular audience, it is easy to find connections to people around the globe and from all social classes. The aspect of this genre that I find most inspiring is the upbeat, yet aggressive cadences. While listening to these sounds, it is difficult to not get caught up in the beat to find a smile on your face. To express these musical qualities in my work, I reference imagery from electronic music production to create my forms. Through stacking and repetition, I create sound waves compositions and equalizer readouts with ceramic forms.
Another great connector, is candy. Almost every culture has been making candies since ancient times. Candy makes people happy and helps us relate to our childhood, or adulthood if you are like me. The bright colors and often wonderful showcases they are displayed in instantly bring a smile to my face. There is something about their simplicity and childlike color scheme that I can not resist. Through a lot glaze experimentation, I finally discovered colors bright enough to pay homage to my love of candy and ceramics alike.