Artist Statement

Through my slip cast wall tile installations, I create environments that envelop the viewer. My wall installations invite elements of handmade mosaics and floor tiles into the domestic setting. I draw inspiration from the geometric patterns found in Islamic art, and am specifically interested in tessellated patterns and penrose tiling. Their bold shapes and carefully crafted designs are at the forefront of my mind while sculpting my original forms.

Through educated surface selection, I am able to introduce color concepts to my audience. Color choice, in combination with the minimal realist tiles, creates layers and depth. Through these decisions, my work considers visual planes both individually and as a whole. Amassing individual tiles on the wall that connect to construct a larger pattern can develop either a sense of comfort or tension for the viewer, creating an environment that resonates differently with each person. In a nod to historical Islamic art, my wall installations break away from the mass-produced world we live in today and bring the consideration of craft back into the places we inhabit.

 

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION                                                             

2014                        Indiana University, Bloomington, IN                                   

                               Bachelor of Science Arts Management, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

                               Bachelor of Fine Arts Ceramics, History of Art Minor, College of Arts and Sciences

Study Abroad                                                                                                                                                                    

2014                        Jingdezhen, China, Ceramic Studio Course, Sponsored by West Virginia University

2012                        Sophia Antipolis, France, Management and Art History Courses, SKEMA Euro-American Institute

EXHIBITIONS

2018                        Tessellated: Jackie Head and Samantha Holmes, Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2017                        Vessels: Interpretations and Iterations, Mantle Gallery, Louisville, KY

                                Clay Review III, Abernathy Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

                                Prevail, Solo Exhibition, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL

                                Cup: The Intimate Object XIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

2016                        A.I.R. Buds, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL

                                Cup: The Intimate Object XII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

                                Southern Miss Ceramics National, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

                                MWSU Clay Guild: Twin Cups, Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, MO

                                Friends of the Juror: Dirty South Mug Competition, River Oaks Square Art Center, Alexandria, LA

                                Domestic Design, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

                                Art from the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

2015                        Mighty Mighty, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL

                                Artists in Residence, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL

                                Amalgamations, Gadabout Gallery, Jeffersonville, Indiana

2014                        Amalgamations: BFA Thesis Show, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

                                BFA Area Show, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2013                        BFA Area Show, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

AWARDS

2014                        Nick’s English Hut Ceramics Area Award, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts Holiday Awards, Bloomington, IN

EXPERIENCE

2017-present          Community Partnership Coordinator, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

2015-2017               Artist in Residence, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL

2015                        Benefit Auction Intern, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2013-2015               Undergraduate Assistant to Employer Relations, Indiana University – School of Public and Environmental Affairs Career Development Office,                 Bloomington, IN                   

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018                        Reyna, Alisa. ‘TESSELLATED’ Exhibit Holds Opening Reception. Purdue Exponent, 12 Jan. 2018,

2017                        Townsend, Jen; Zettle-Sterling, Renee. Cast: Art and Object Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

2015                        Triplett, Joanne. ‘Amalgamations’ By Jackie Head, LEO Weekly, May 27, 2015

 

WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

2018                        Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Lecture

2017                        Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL. Visiting artist workshop, lecture

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2015                        Volunteer, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference

2011-2014                Volunteer, Lotus World Music and Arts Festival                                                                                         

2013-2014               Public Relations Representative, Fine Arts Ceramics Club at Indiana University    

2013                        Ceramics Enrichment Program Leader, Boys and Girls Club

2013                        Volunteer, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Project Space                 

                                                                                                                

SKILLS

Proficient in firing electric kilns, mixing clay and glazes, mold making, slip casting, wheel throwing and hand building. Intermediate knowledge of firing gas kiln