Artist Statement

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My work is a reflection of my nature, a guttural need to touch, feel, and react. More profoundly my work is, in itself, a reaction to my visual and social environment. Through abstract sculptural forms I develop a language to communicate my unspoken riddled thoughts and emotions about my life experiences. Self-reflection is also granted through the creative process.

The ceramic forms I create are developed from my affinity to nature’s biomorphic lines, shapes, and forms including subtle references to the figure. As an artist there is an urge within to interpret not only the beauty but also the transformation we all experience, however intangible it may seem. This can be observed in my instinctive approach of the process.

Each phase of the ceramic process emphasizes the ever-changing state of our own existence, a constant that human nature attempts to resist. Change, as an element of my work, becomes the catalyst; and clay in its finished form becomes the object in which I attempt to capture this ever so transient element. Pit fires, raku, and glazes, whose chemistry shares the same essence, are some techniques that complete the form to create more depth to its character.

Artist Bio

Born in Peru, artist Paola Evangelista is vastly influenced by the terrain and flora of the distinct regions and microclimates of the country. Growing up, her parents were a major influence. Her mother, a teacher and occasional seamstress, inspired her love for fabric and textures. Her father, an artisan representing Peruvian culture, was an education of craft and design. After immigrating to the United States, both of Paola’s parents became machine operators, always exemplifying a great work ethic.

Paola first studied fashion design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, this only increased her propensity towards tactful textures. Her strong sense of three-dimensionality swayed her into the sculpture direction and she eventually discovered clay and all its possibilities. She finished her Bachelor’s in Art degree at Central Connecticut State University under the instruction of ceramic and metal artist Vicente Garcia.

From the start of her ceramic studies Paola was always enchanted by the alternative firings, the primitive quality along with the hunt for the ethereal fulfilled her visual ambitions appetite. Her sense of discovery, experimentation, and her agile hands lend themselves to the pliability of the ceramic medium.

Paola’s artistic influences include Vincent Van Gogh and Naum Gabo whom she references in her work through the use of biomorphic lines and forms as well as rich visual and tactile textures.