Karl Schwiesow – Red Lodge Clay Center

Karl SchwiesowEllensburg, Washington

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Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2018-19, (AIA) 2016, 2017

​I am an artist and educator working in a variety of media. My interest in ceramics which has led to a Long-Term Artist in Residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge Montana from 2018 to 2019, a summer Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, and was the Ceramic Artist in Residence at the Sonoma Community Center in Sonoma California.  Through poststructuralist tendencies I create large and small-scale ceramic and mixed media sculpture and paintings. I employ Found and altered objects, various industrial and domestic materials and processes, with ceramics which are integral parts of the works which recontextualizes value and objecthood. I hold a BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from Sierra Nevada College and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Montana. ​ I maintain a studio and teaching practice from my home in Washington.

My work explores the coding of objects through interactions of abstract ceramic forms and multimedia objects.

​The tenants of my practice are:

  • To pursue conditions in which formal and conceptual elements seem to contradict one other but at the same time are necessary to their visual voice and overall cohesion.
  • To achieve a visceral brake-down of what’s known of a thing though the irreverent deconstruction of the functionally fixed.
  • To deliberately employ chance to reconstruct the vernacular of objects through phenomena which exist with measures of industrial, domestic, and post-structural association.
  • And finally, to twist function until it collapses or is reassigned, at which point the object becomes a starting point for dialogue between our shared cultural experiences and assumptions.