Date of Award
M.F.A. in Art
Art and Art History
I am regularly amazed by the power of artifacts. Objects can translate intent, skill, function, place, and time, causing us to reflect upon the maker and past users. By incorporating basketry patterns on the surface of my pots, I am creating a connection to my heritage. My family made baskets back many generations. The patterns are incomplete and fade as they weave around the forms. This reflects the nature of objects that have been used to the point of collapse. We live in a society driven by partial consumption and indiscriminant disposal. When something exhibits wear, we get a new one. But I believe that wear and the patina of age generally improves aesthetics. A good repair can be a point of interest and suggest a narrative. Similarly, I am proud of my scars and white hairs; they were hard earned. In a way I am making work that is about myself, my struggle with aging, and my connection with history. I am using the language of basketry carved into the surface of clay to express human conditions including frailty, durability, repair, exigency, and reliability. These objects are signifiers of history, utility, and togetherness.
Tolbert, Preston, "Interwoven" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 572.