Red Lodge Clay Center, Short-Term Resident (MJ Do Good) 2019
Casey Whittier received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She is interested in the metaphorical and philosophical power of visual art and the ways in which the ceramic material creates direct connections between the geology of the earth, basic human needs, and complex metaphysical desires. Repetitive processes and systems of reliance are often used as metaphors for our interconnectedness.
Whittier teaches ceramics and social practice at the Kansas City Art Institute and works from her home studio. Whittier works with The Land Institute through their Ecosphere Studies Program cohort and as a participant in their Silphium Civic Science Community, where research into new perennial and sustainable food and oil seed production is ongoing.
Whittier was named a 2020 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly Magazine. She serves as Vice President for Artaxis.org.
My work is often born from one of the following experiences: an indescribable feeling of excitement; a nagging contradiction; a need to share something that I cannot yet explain; an obsession; a question or series of questions; a desire to respond to or reflect on a thought, feeling, or event; the recognition of something poignant or absurd; a deep pain; the experience of misunderstanding.
The systems of construction I use are adopted from historical craft disciplines. Although the unit may change from one work to another, these systems highlight the interdependence of each unit upon the whole. I re-purpose as much as possible and design to reduce my energy and material consumption. I see each sculpture and installation as a way to advocate for an intentional relationship with the world. An exploration of touch and intuitive making is deeply embedded in my practice.
Clay serves as palimpsest; I seek to exploit its inherent variations in surface and texture, its ability to mimic, to be thick, thin, ephemeral or permanent. The physical recordings that come through rolling, tearing, squishing, dipping, pushing, pinching and scratching become representations of touch, of thought, of time spent.