Candace Garlock
Candace Garlock Studio
Sparks, Nevada





Artist Statement

There is a beauty—a vulnerability—within each of us. Finding that beauty beneath the suffering of living with chronic illness is the focus of this particular body of work. Susan Sontag, Illness as a Metaphor wrote “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.” I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2011, after many years of unexplained symptoms like dizziness, brain fog, memory loss, spasms and tightness in limbs, trouble walking. The road to 2011 was a tough one, and most of the time I suffered in silence, thinking it was just psychological, and I would wake up one day and it would all be gone. In the years after diagnosis, I began to research chronic illnesses and how they are often marginalized, contested and unrecognized in society.

What type of clay do you use?
Bmix and porcelain

What temperature do you fire to?
cone 5/6

What is your primary forming method?
Slab and slip-casting

What is your favorite surface treatment?
Underglazes and acrylic Paint

Do you make any of your own tools?

What one word would you use to describe your work?

What is your favorite thing about your studio?
My Granddaughter's art space - makes me smile every time.

What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
Slab roller

What are your top three studio wishes?
To get a kiln, an air purifier, and a pugger.

How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Recycle and repurpose

How do you recharge creatively?
Draw in my sketchbook

What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
I like to keep myself in the studio even if for only an hour at a time.

What did your first piece look like?

It was heavy and small for the amount of time it took to make it.

What area of skill do you most look to other artists to learn?

I love to learn from all types of artists, especially artists that are experimenting with materials and techniques.

Why do you create art?

I create art to better understand the world around me.

Who is your favorite artist and what do you admire about that artist?
In the ceramics world I just love Tyler Quintin's work. I love how he combines the organic with the mathematical.

What is your best studio tip?
Just keep working everyday!

If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
That it wouldn't dry up so fast. I live in Nevada–very dry!
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