Christine Ashley Thomas BFA Exhibition

Reclamation of Self Through Form: Making the Internal External

When: December 4 – December 15, 2015
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, December 4, 6-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public

Artist Statement

Making the internal, external—through art—is my path towards truth, acceptance, and enlightenment. In the series, Reclamation of Self Through Form, figurative clay sculpture is the vehicle of my message. In the United States, one in six women report having experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. I am one within that six. In the aftermath of being raped and the dissociation caused by it, sculpting forms with clay is a visceral manifestation of the cathartic healing process. The relationship and tension between the female form and nature-inspired abstractions expresses that which is experienced on an internal level. Creating ceramic sculptures is symbolic of reclaiming the physical body and exploring the internal: subconscious memories, thoughts, and emotions related to such a traumatic event. The abstractions of the sculpted female shell represent an interpretation of the soul or the mind, which tends to be more complex and mysterious. A psychological metamorphosis is shown in the destructive manipulation of the clay body, which leaves a space for new growth. The connection between the figure and these abstracted forms holds a deeper meaning related to the internal state of things, which brings clarity and acceptance to difficult circumstances or complex emotions. Making the internal external, through art, is a visual representation and form of communication to bring more understanding for the artist and the viewer.