Renee LoPresti

Ceramics have always provided me with continual exploration of imagery, composition and form in a way that can be painterly, sculptural, and intimate all at once. Through the use of personable and playful imagery, these functional pots are intended to become integrated within the users daily life and hopefully provide deeper connections that are unique to each individual.

My wheel-thrown vessels are simple forms designed for comfort and function. A series of colorful rectilinear blocks and patterns are layered on the surface to create composition. This series of translucent layers creates a visual depth, but also refers to how the human mind can abstractly store memories. Some details fade while others are more prevalent all whilst existing in the same space.

Graphic images of everyday objects such as paper airplanes, houses, and chairs are used to remind us of the temporal nature of human existence. Referencing memory and time through layers, I further explore the human condition through the lens of common objects and their relations to one another within the composition.

It is my intention for these pots to encourage personal narratives to emerge that can continue into the conversations of the viewer's everyday life. Through the use of images that are connected to what the viewer already knows; their experiences and my experiences merging, while the images serve as the trigger.

Jennifer Datchuk _ Justin Donofrio _ Kirk Jackson _ Ben Jordan _ Beth Lo _ Renee LoPresti _ Ryan McKerley _ Melissa Mencini _ Lisa Orr _ Scott Proctor _ Claudia Reese _ Matthew Schiemann _ Keith Simpson _ James Tingey

funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts