Jamie Bates SloneHelena, MT

Jamie received her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Kansas in Spring of 2012. She received her BFA in Studio Art with and emphasis in Ceramics in 2008 at the University of Central Missouri. Jamie has shown work both locally and nationally and is featured in the book “500 Figures in Clay, Volume 2”, juried by Nan Smith. Her most recent work addresses the fragility of the human spirit in the midst of illness and loss in relation to her family’s history with cancer. 

The focus and significance of my work lies in the state of the human condition, the delicacy and fragility of the human construct in an emotional and physical sense. Through conjured memory, I revisit my family’s history with illness and premature death focusing primarily on our history with cancer. My current work is a reflection of those memories with an emphasis on the relationship between human biology and human emotion.

By using the figure as a metaphor for the cancer itself I am able to convey the emotions often correlated with the disease. My surface choices are derived from high-color contrast scans of bodies and cancerous tissues and their inherently grotesque but psychedelic appearance. My intent is for one to imagine the surface of the skin as a reflection of the disease hidden within.