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Lindsay Pichaske

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Lindsay Pichaske is a ceramics and mixed media sculptor and Ceramics faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland. She received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010 and her BFA in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. She moved to Maryland from Helena, Montana, where she was the 2011-2012 Taunt Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. Other residencies include Red Dirt in Mt. Rainier, MD, ART342 in Fort Collins, CO, and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME. In 2013 she received the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Emerging Artist Award. Most recently, she is the recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She exhibits her work regularly. Recent shows include Art Basel Miami Beach, SOFA Chicago, Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA, Duane Reed Gallery in St, Louis, MO, and Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, DC. 

Artist Statement

What separates human from animal? What borders exist between the real and the imagined, the beautiful and the repugnant, the living and dying, the creator and the made? 
Through the act of making, I swim in and around these margins, revealing how slippery the answers to these questions are. I create animals that blur species boundaries. They challenge the perceived order and comfortable classifications of life. These animals are tricksters; familiar but also alien, seductive but also scary, animal but also human, alive but also dead. In a world where petals mimic fur and hair impersonates bone, even materials upset their expected roles. These creatures are not to be trusted, for as soon as we identify with them, we admit that perhaps the definitions they upturn are not so clearly defined as we would like to think.  

Material and process are the tangible means through which I contemplate the lines separating these opposing worlds. Using materials that rely on touch to take shape, I sculpt and articulate animal forms to generate a semblance of life. The fleshy coats covering the ceramic ‘skin’ are meticulously and lovingly applied, allowing me to both control and understand the figure as it comes into existence. 

The labor I exert over the animal becomes an empathetic gesture. As the creature becomes more articulated, it develops personality, sentiency, soul. I look at it, and it looks back at me. The sense of parental love I feel for my creations is undeniable. I spend endless hours stroking hair onto their backs, arranging the fur on their heads, looking into their eyes to make sure they are just right. My process is a labor of love, as I give impossibly slow birth to each one, and they, in turn, develop lives of their own.



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