Adria Katz studied art and education at Brown University. She has taught and practiced art in many capacities, and now works and makes her work at the Harvard Ceramics Program in Allston.
The boundaries between ecosystems are known to hold the most diverse life. In them live beings that are tough and resilient. They benefit from both the land and the ocean: nutrients of decomposing matter in the ground and the sun’s warmth on the earth’s surface, sanitizing properties of salt and cooling from the gentle waves. But ecotonal life also sits precariously on a precipice, subject to changes that can come from the earth or the sea. I sculpt creatures from these liminal environments to acknowledge both their innate beauty and the delicate science of their existence. My work suggests a hope for coexistence between humans and other organisms that preserves and upholds biodiversity.
The inherent qualities of clay enable me to explore the contrasting ideas of permanence and fragility. Ceramic material is conventionally inert and long lasting when presented in its fired stage. However, fired to only low temperatures, ceramics are porous and brittle, and susceptible to erosion. When left unfired, it wears, mutates and dissolves simply through touch or water. A parallel can be drawn to delicate ecosystems: the fortitude of healthy ones to the fragility of those under duress from temperature change, erosion and human contact. As a species, we impact the status of all ecosystems simply by our presence. We are biologically self-preserving, and must compete with our own nature in order to preserve the natural world.
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