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Bonnie M Ralston
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a visual artist who works in clay and on paper. The work is process-driven, and serves as a record of my inquiry into personal themes of identity, loss, and transformation. The natural sciences provide inspiration and departure points for my work through exploration of topics as varied as invertebrate metamorphosis and geologic time. The artifacts that emerge from this process function as accomplice, witness, and response to interrogation of self.

My ceramic work begins as simple stoneware slabs that are manipulated by hand. I leave the awkward joins, cracks, and scarring intentionally untouched—artifacts of the construction process and of the compromises made between artist and material. The introduction of transitional metal oxides into the clay while still plastic, and again prior to final glaze firing, imbues the finished work with surfaces reminiscent of stone and of earth.

With my ceramic studio temporarily closed due to COVID-19, in spring 2020 I turned to the world of two dimensions, working at home in a makeshift studio. Over the last nine months, I've been investigating the mark-making possibilities of the found metal originally intended for incorporation into my ceramic work. While the medium is different, the approach to creating art is the same—one of experimentation and partnership with the material.

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  • FYTY Richard Serra
    2019
    stoneware, cone 6
    226 x 28 x 10"

  • FYTY Richard Serra (detail)

  • Exuviae
    2020
    Stoneware
    29.0 x 11.0 x 9.0"

  • Fossil III
    2019
    stoneware
    23 x 15 x 2"

  • installation view 1: Sounding I and Sounding II
    2019
    stoneware, wood, steel, aluminum, copper, cork.

  • installation view 2: Sounding I and Sounding II
    2019
    stoneware, wood, aluminum, steel, copper, cork

  • Untitled
    2019
    stoneware
    15 x 12 x 9

  • Breach IV
    2020
    Salts, iodine, rust on paper
    24 x 18"

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