Artist creates ceramic breast vases with hopes to sell online – The Western Front

Artist creates ceramic breast vases with hopes to sell online – The Western Front

By Bailey Sytsma Ceramics artist Keely Antoon began creating her Chi Chi vase ceramic sculptures one year ago when inspired by Meegan Barnes’ sculptures of female bodies. Antoon’s sculptures are of women’s breasts that range from being pierced and tattooed, to being covered in glitter papier mache. Antoon said she decided to make her work […] If you’ve been to downtown Redwood City recently, you’ve noticed the buildings around Courthouse Square covered with some striking public art and messages in support of social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. At 94 Senior Judge Arthur Spatt remained an active senior judge on Long Island even as courthouse operations were interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic Chief Judge Roslynn Mauskopf of the Eastern District of New York said.

By Bailey Sytsma

Ceramics artist Keely Antoon began creating her Chi Chi vase ceramic sculptures one year ago when inspired by Meegan Barnes’ sculptures of female bodies. Antoon’s sculptures are of women’s breasts that range from being pierced and tattooed, to being covered in glitter papier mache.

Antoon said she decided to make her work public once social distancing started because she had more time on her hands to create more art pieces. Support and inspiration from friends has also pushed Antoon to feel confident in her work, she said.

“What made me want to start showing my work was this pandemic. Since I’ve had more time on my hands I have been able to create more,” Antoon said. “Since I have been creating more, I felt that I had enough of my new sculptures to start sharing them online, because I can’t share them in person and I have definitely had a lot of support from my friends.”

Antoon said the goal for her art work is to inspire others to love themselves and their bodies. She said she gets inspiration for her sculptures from herself and her own body confidence.

“I want people to look at my sculptures and think they’re beautiful no matter what shape and size they are,” Antoon said.

Antoon said she’s planning to start selling her Chi Chi vases in June using online platforms such as Instagram or Etsy. She said she plans on creating more vases before she puts them on the market so they’re not first come, first served items.

“My goal is to be a self sustaining studio artist. So if I can make and sell my work and make a living nothing else would make me happier,” Antoon said. “Loving what you do is so incredibly important to me.”

Claudia Rocha said she met Antoon two years ago when they were randomly selected to be roommates at Western. Rocha graduated this year but the two still remain friends, and Rocha has been Antoon’s biggest supporter for her art work.

“I have definitely had a lot of support from my friends. My main supporter and one of my best friends Claudia has been a massive help with coming up with ideas and being inclusive to all people,” Antoon said.

Rocha said that Antoon’s work is inspiring and empowering, and she’s looking forward to buying her work once they are for sale. She also encourages others to buy from local artists and support friends during this time.

“She won’t let me buy any. I’ll have to buy it anonymously because as much as I appreciate the gesture of her gifting me a piece I know how many hours and how much love she puts into each piece and I want to support her every way I can,” Rocha said. “Which includes monetarily supporting local artists and supporting your friends.”

Rocha said she’s also an artist and sees Antoon’s work as a piece of feminism that expresses body positivity that shows people that feminism does not always have to be serious and the body does not always look one way.

“This is invigorating for Keeley and exciting for people with breasts to see because each piece has so much personality and unique energy,” Rocha said. “I think she is doing something great and I cannot express how grateful I am to be a part of the brainstorming process for this series and I’m so excited for future projects she embarks on.” 

Ryan W. Kelly, an art assistant professor at Western, teaches ceramics classes for students like Antoon, who want to pursue sculpting. He said one of his assignments is to take inspiration from other famous artists for a sculpture.

“Hand building is a slower, more meditative process. I show students a lot of examples from historical ceramic sculptures, but also contemporary artists,” Kelly said. “I often ask students to do research on artists and not copy that work, but to respond to it to make an artwork that they know that is kind of borrowing from that inspiration, but making it their own.”

Kelly said the most important thing an artist can do is to have confidence in their work and to trust the process. With sculpting, the artist can always fix and pick at the work until satisfied. Kelly said he uses art forms like photography as an example of art that is a quicker process than sculpting.

“Sculpting is a much slower creative act and you need to sustain your interest in that idea over a much longer period of time to see it through to the end,” Kelly said. “I think some people get frustrated or get bored by their own ideas after a couple days.”

Working on numerous projects at a time to bounce back and forth between works is a way to not become discouraged or bored of art pieces that are worked on for long periods of time, Kelly said.

Kelly said that being an artist means being able to handle constructive criticism from others. Also, being able to dismiss harsh criticism that is uninformative and negative to an artist’s work, learning the difference of when to take advice and when to ignore what Kelly calls bad energy.

“The most important thing that people should know about my art and I is that I am true to myself and my art. I love what I do, and what other people think about it is their own opinion,” Antoon said. “I make my art for me, I’m appreciative of all the love and support that has come my way so far and I will continue to be.”

Source: www.westernfrontonline.com

Author: April 18, 20170


Art 'from the heart': Local muralist Jose Castro creates powerful protest imagery in Redwood City

Art ‘from the heart’: Local muralist Jose Castro creates powerful protest imagery in Redwood City

If you’ve been to downtown Redwood City recently, you’ve noticed the buildings around Courthouse Square covered with some striking public art and messages in support of social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. It was created in response to local businesses boarding up their windows in anticipation of the city’s June 2 protest against police brutality and systemic racism. Central to the collection of paintings, drawings, words and flowers is the artwork of North Fair Oaks muralist and illustrator Jose Castro, located in front of the Fox Theatre.

Castro was walking downtown with his girlfriend when he ran into an acquaintance painting on the boards.

“We asked him how he got the opportunity to paint and he mentioned the owners had wanted to beautify these boards to bring peace and show their support to the cause,” Castro recalled. He introduced himself to Fox Theatre manager Ernie Schmidt, who told him he was welcome to paint there on one condition: that it came from the heart.

“I knew for sure I wanted to paint a portrait of George Floyd, to highlight his story. The power-to-the people fist was my second go to; an iconic logo that reads black power but also flexible in our modern day to represent all cultures,” Castro explained. “The peace sign was the last logo I painted, wanting to tie everything all together and remind the people that our city comes in peace.”

Soon, Castro went live via Instagram and was joined by friends, local activists and former students from his time as an art teacher at College Track in East Palo Alto, all working to turn a bleak, fear-based situation into a powerful, art-filled statement.

“I sat in front of my theater all week, sometimes up to five hours, to witness the many people cry, reflect. Parents brought their children so they could understand what was happening,” Schmidt said. (Schmidt was so moved that he later created a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for Castro’s art supplies.)

Castro’s already gained some fame in the local art scene for his stunning, vibrant mural depicting the diverse cultural past and present of the North Fair Oaks community on Middlefield Road, unveiled in 2019 and made with the help of veteran muralist Arthur Koch and local youth.

Growing up in the district (the unincorporated area bordering Redwood City, Atherton and Menlo Park), he said he’s been into making art since childhood, starting with anime and “Pokemon,” then art celebrating Chicano culture in high school, followed by art school for college. In addition to his freelance art career under his brand Anonymous Recipes, Castro also works nearby at Sigona’s Farmers Market. His art, his work with youth and his love for his community, he said, have helped him find his voice.

“Knowing that I’ve inspired and continue to motivate my people is everything; knowing they repost, re-look and respect me is everything. I am a product of my environment,” he said.

As for his recent downtown street art, what was once temporary is now set to become a permanent piece of local history. It’ll remain in front of the Fox Theatre for a few more days before being framed and stored by the city until its final decision is reached on where to display the work.

“I asked the manager and owners of the boards and the Fox … that the boards stay local,” Castro said. “To preserve in our community and to show history that we brought the fight to Redwood City and we stand here in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters.”

Source: www.almanacnews.com

Author: Karla Kane


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