Two MFA Students to Exhibit at NCECA 2023 Show
Two MFA Students from the UT School of Art will be exhibiting at the National Council for Education and the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 57th Annual Conference, The theme title of the conference is “Current.” The event takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 15-18, 2023. https://nceca.net/2023-exhibitions
Kaitlyn Anderson will be exhibiting at the conference. Anderson was born and raised in North Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Studio Arts from Georgia Southern University in 2022. She is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her work has been shown at the Armstrong Fine Arts Gallery.
Of her work being exhibited at the conference, she states, “I am not currently drawn to make art that allows for comfort, but instead I find my place in the upheaval of generational ideas and expectations. My practice explores not only the human aspects of loss and grief but also the ways in which it inevitably bleeds onto everything it touches. Symbols of my past lives are being decimated as I create, which causes a new grief in and of itself, but the newfound exploration of regeneration, and cutting out core wounds where they start has become therapy. My art is increasingly filled with repetitive motions, and themes of not forgiveness, but accountability are slowly etching their way into the clay. Nature continually is pulled into my work, as I push to ground myself in the environment around me and recognize the inevitably of the cycle of life, and death. Healing from trauma is a non linear journey reflected in the ebbs and flow of my interdisciplinary work.”
Kyle Cottier will be exhibiting at the NCECA Conference. Cottier (b. Louisville, KY 1993) is a sculptor. He holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, 2015 and attended the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn, 2014, and was the artist-in-residence for a year at Arrowmont School of Arts & Craft from 2021-22. His interdisciplinary practice blends traditional textile and woodworking techniques spanning sculpture, installation, photography, painting, illustration, writing and performance. Kyle creates work informed by the convergence of the natural and made world, exploring the synthesis of personal and social transformations.
Of his work being exhibited at the NCECA Conference, he states, “Connection is essential to social and ecological interaction. One thing, depends on another thing, depends on another thing — so it goes. The world is abundant with sturdy patterns; constantly circulating between function, desire, growth, and decay. My labor-intensive studio practice is rooted in the metaphysical study of these shared structures and systems that exist where the natural and made worlds converge. Establishing dialogues that bridge destruction, creation, order, and entropy, my sculptural work exploits the tension between negative space and positive form to achieve a potent sense of ephemerality.”