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Eric Serritella
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

Art is the story of my subconscious as told by my hands. Art serves as an arena for connection, resonance and reverberation. Thus, I create each sculpture as a conduit to emotion through inquiry, recognition and familiarity.

With my trompe l’oeil ceramic works I challenge the viewer with both the nature of the material and the messages within. Hand-built with hand-carved textures, they transform clay into charred logs, weathered wood and birch trees—the angels of the forest.

Through aging and decay, I explore how nature maintains its splendors with tenacity and triumphs of existence, despite the disregard we humans show her. I appreciate how ceramic mirrors the environment’s fragility and durability—easily damaged if disrespected and yet invincible in its inherent beauty and longevity.

Each organic creation fosters awareness and influences viewer behavior toward the environment. Through this consciousness, viewers acquire new appreciations and walk with softer steps.

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