Loose Fibers Billow Out of Warped Ceramic Sculptures by Artist Nicole McLaughlin


“As a product of an American father and a Mexican mother, I am influenced by the conflicting expectations I have received as a woman within my two cultures,” says artist Nicole McLaughlin. From her studio in Marion, Massachusetts, McLaughlin combines historically domestic crafts—ceramics and fiber art—into striking sculptures that explore identity and heritage, particularly in relation to gendered expectations, traditions, and the changes that occur as generations pass.

In her mixed-media works, the artist contrasts the soft, pliable fibers with the fragility of the plates painted with blue-and-white motifs. Dyed in subtle gradients and earth tones, the loose threads are woven through the sloping ceramic edges and knotted in the center. McLaughlin explains how it’s important that the utility of both elements is removed once combined:

(The vessels) serve as vehicles for fiber.  As the fiber flows from, weaves into, or frames the ceramic, it distorts the functionality but becomes a meaningful component as plate and cloth merge. The vessels contain an expression of femininity and an essence of personal and cultural history.

These dichotomies in the materials also reflect the artist’s experience eschewing “the feminine ideals of my Mexican identity,” she says.[…]

More: Loose Fibers Billow Out of Warped Ceramic Sculptures by Artist Nicole McLaughlin

About agogo22

Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
This entry was posted in Art and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Loose Fibers Billow Out of Warped Ceramic Sculptures by Artist Nicole McLaughlin

  1. One more great post and unique artwork! 10ks 4 sharing! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on Libertas Nova and commented:
    …One more exceptional artwork, presented on msamba blog…

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.