BFA, Clemson University, 2020
Q: What year are you at Clemson and what is your dream job after you graduate?
A: I am a senior and my dream job is anything where I can be creative and work with my hands.
Q:How would you describe your design aesthetic/ style?
A: I would describe my style as minimalist utilizing simple geometric elements and a neutral color palette.
Q: What do you love most about being an artist?
A: I love that I am able to create things that people can interact with whether it is through a functional ceramic piece or through a larger installation.
Q: What are your inspirations? In general and for the selected piece.
A: I am inspired by patterns and structures that exist in our world. Recently, I have been particularly interested in microscopic images and organisms in the human body and making connections between the micro and macro. For the selected piece, I was inspired by simple geometry.
Q: What piece of work or project are you most proud of and why?
A: I am most proud of a large tile piece that I made in my senior studio. Thirty-six 4x4 inch tiles were made using pinched sections of stoneware that were pressed together in a tile block, and then I incorporated red thread into the tiles to connect them all to each other. It was a meticulous process and technically challenging, but the outcome was extremely rewarding!
Q: What are you most excited about for this CSA season?
A: I am excited about honing my throwing skills and focusing on consistency as I create work for this share. I am looking forward to the challenge that comes with creating multiples working on the wheel.
Q: What are some other art related internships, demonstrations, gallery showings, or publications you have been involved with?
A: My work has been displayed at Clemson in the Foundations II Annual Student Exhibition in 2017 and the NextUp Invitational III Exhibit in 2019, and I will be showing with Dan Bare in 100 Miles at the Bascom in North Carolina in 2020. I was also selected as a CSArt share artist last year for the 2019 season.
See some of Marilyn's previous work below!