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Eric Serritella
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

Art serves as an arena for connection, resonance and reverberation. Thus, I create each artwork as a conduit to emotion through inquiry, recognition and familiarity. My sculptures are the story of my subconscious as told by my hands. And through my trompe l’oeil ceramic works I challenge the viewer with both the nature of the material and the messages within. Forms are completely hand-built and hand-carved with hyper-realistic textures transforming clay into charred logs, weathered wood and birch trees.

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.

Each organic creation fosters awareness and influences behavior. Viewers acquire new appreciations and ways of seeing, and can thus choose to walk with softer steps.

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