Nicki Green




Clay is a trans material. I am interested in the mutability of this material practice, the way clay’s plasticity allows it to perform as other materials and simultaneously reveal inherent material qualities and processes through production. Studying under my Bay Area ceramics mentors Richard Shaw and John DeFazio, my interest in this material has moved from clean, tight deception to loose, earnest bodies of work that reveal the struggle between these two poles, the desire to mimic and the honest revelation. My work most often takes the form of sacred vessels, earthenware vehicles for intricate, narrative glaze painting, and their contrast, gestural and urgently built mushroom sculptures, reflecting an ongoing fascination with fungal forms as a figurative, queer stand-in.

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