Jenna Surratt, BA Senior Exhibition in Ceramics

Intricate Simplicity

May 2 – May 13, 2014
Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery, 
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Free and Open to the Public

Several pieces of Jenna Surratt's BA Senior Exhibition portfolio, The New American Legacy, are included in the BA Senior Salon Exhibition along with seven other candidates whose portfolios are the culmination of their work toward bachelor of arts degrees in art.

Jenna Surratt's Artist Statement: My ceramic work is defined directly by my love for functional stoneware. I have always been intrigued by the delicacy that can be achieved while working with clay. This semester, I have focused on this particular functional aspect of ceramics by creating a set of dishes that combine intricate detail in both throwing and carving. Da Vinci once said, 'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.' By carving a simple 'weaving' design into my dishes, the clay achieves different dimensions and each dish acquires a new level of sophistication.

Luminaries intrigue me. I wanted to incorporate similar characteristics of luminaries into something with more functionality than decor alone, hence the dishes. The complete carving through the clay allows the dish to stand alone as its own luminary, in which light can travel through the clay and reflect onto the surface beneath. Different sources of light throughout the day would result in different emergences of light below. Just as many other aspects in life, this simple detail generates a higher level of sophistication and appreciation." --Jenna Surratt