Artist Statement

Cynthia Young

I want to convey a sense of motion like it might at any time leap off the table. The motion depicted is not mechanical motion, but irregular, organic motion - -like wind moving plants or seeds growing in fast forward, spewing forth from the earth. There are so many ways to depict this and I continually work with the idea of integrating motion into my work.

Sometimes this integration is approached through juxtapositioning patterns or seemingly unconnected images against each other while still trying to maintain a sense of composition and cohesiveness. Itís my intention to balance on the edge between stability and a tension that something might happen at any moment.

It was at Westminster that I first realized that I wanted to be a ceramic artist. I went to Westminster planning to be a Math major and left realizing that ceramics was what I wanted to do throughout my life.

Before coming to Westminster I had taken one clay class. On Saturdays during my junior year of high school, I went to Carnegie-Mellon University and attempted to wheel throw with heavily gritted sculpture clay. I was determined to throw, and every week I went at it with renewed vigor. I left each week with many small abrasions and the sandy grog embedded in my hand. By about Thursday of each week, the grog had disappeared from my hand. On Saturday, when I went back, I got a fresh batch. I had determined at this time in my life that clay was a painful process, not for the faint of heart. While I like clay, I was not at all sure that I was committed enough to pursue this medium in art.

My first semester at Westminster, I took a hand building class, and liked it so well that I again attempted wheel throwing. I was amazed to find that wheel throwing, while not easy, could be fun. I spent all my spare time trying to improve my technique. When at last I could attain forms that sprung from the wheel, I felt that I had stumbled into enchantment. Under Kathy Koopís direction I read many books on philosophies of ceramic making and clarified my own philosophies.

After this, ceramics became the focus of my art education. I developed my own major, and since Westminster did not yet have any ceramics history courses, I did some of my courses as independent study. It was the beginning of a self-directed and fulfilling search that has continued to this time and will hopefully continue for many more years to come.

Click below to Navigate WebSite
Click to go back to CyberPsychoCeramics Exhibit Page Click to go back to Koop's Clay-Mates Page Click to go back to Cynthia's Page