Matthew Bright, Minnesota State University-Mankato: CM 2009 Undergraduate Showcase

Failure to Function, 18 in. (46 cm) in height, earthenware, metallic paints, 2009.

Transfuse Me, 25 in. (64 cm) in height, stoneware, glaze, glass, metal, fired to cone 05, 2008.

As an artist, it is my responsibility to influence the viewer to see not just an object, but an expression of myself when looking at my artwork. I am consumed by the completion of my art more than by its purpose. I work with my ideas as rough directions rather than an exact map, therefore, the initial conception of my work rarely matches the end result. Following a strict design or conceptual idea leaves little room for intuitive creativity and inhibits the artistic process by proposing rules or guidelines. My work derives its influences from the industrious man-made world. I am interested in transmuting as many of these influences into each piece while keeping a straightforward yet complex outcome. The reasons behind my work are personal, but the message I am trying to convey is ambiguous. It is up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions as to what my art means to them. My art can never be taken the wrong way because there is no right way to view it or understand it.

Instructors: Mika Negishi Laidlaw, Assistant Professor; Todd Shanafelt, Associate Professor




This was excerpted from Ceramics Monthly magazine’s “2009 Undergraduate Showcase” feature, which appeared in the September 2009 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!



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