LONG TERM RESIDENTS
I have idealized Classical Greek art and its precision of form since I was first introduced to the academia of art. This admiration has played an important role in the direction my work has taken. I appropriate elements of Classical Greek ceramic vessels to create functional forms that give the viewer a hint of the artifacts from Greek antiquity. Whereas the ancient potters used their working vessels as a canvas for their mythology, my use of glaze places the emphasis on form. Rather than replicate the Greek practice of figure painting, I use a gestural technique on the vessel, applying layers of dipped, sprayed, or dripped glaze. By freeing form from objective context it becomes the subject in itself and offers the viewer a contemporary perspective on the classical Greek Era of ceramics.
"I make imaginary spaces.
I have always lived in a world of day dream, perceiving reality through a series of filters. Creating objects allows the imaginary to become tangible. I am able to show to others the language I have created, through which I engage in the world around me. In my objects, I have turned movement and fluidity into stone and stillness. Fragments come together to create something like an artifact.
I love surprises the way I love bubbles and heartbreak.
In my studio practice I create objects that range from functional pottery to abstracted shapes that only begin to suggest form. My work is a deconstruction of the relationship between us and our homes. Through memory and daydream, we fabricate physical and psychological spaces, making little worlds to live in. I exploit the fragile and transient nature of our imagined worlds that are constantly under the threat of reality."
Kayla Noble recieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the State University of New York, New Paltz in 2015.
Ariana Zaia recently graduated from Macalester College in St Paul, MN and is now a two-year resident artist at Taos Clay.. She was born and raised in Austin, TX, and has also lived in Minnesota, Brazil, Mexico, and Italy.
At Taos Clay, Zaia is working towards the realization of a body of sculptural work that will explore the impact of borders on human connection as well as propose the question "What does it mean to be documented?" She imagines the resulting exhibition to be interactive as the participants are made aware of the physical trace or "documentation" that their existence leaves in the space. On a daily basis, Zaia creates smaller utilitarian works that are sold on her website as well as in the gallery at Taos Clay.
SHORT TERM RESIDENT
My professional experience, education, and creativity have led me toward sustainability-based thinking - in particular in the design and construction fields. Elements of my interest and study include materials reuse, recycling, and reduction of waste, as well as alternatives to the American consumerist lifestyle.
Driving this thinking is the gratification I receive from helping other people understand that they have choices in every aspect of their lives, including not only housing or employment but the way they live, how they experience and respect other people and cultures, and their use of critical thinking regarding societal norms. To me, these elements help one move toward a more fulfilling "sustainable" life for them.