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Arthur Waldrip

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

“CODA” is an identifying term used in Deaf culture describing a hearing child who is born into a family where one or both of the parents are deaf, Child of Deaf Adults. My body of work contains Ceramic work, as well as some Mixed Media, that allows one to enter into my world of symbols, gestures, emotion, communication, surrealism, and multiple cultures. I chose to do this theme for my work to represent myself; where I’ve been and what I’ve experienced. I have done this in order to expose one person’s view of living between two extremely different cultures. Ceramics has been a primary medium to work with since the body and hands physically endorse an intimacy of texture, application, and process. Just as sign language imposes its strong visual implications on language, so too does the communication of contact between the artist and clay.

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