Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Brittany Waters

Exhibition Information

Artist: Brittany Waters
Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox
Media: low fire ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: @artbywaters

About the Artist

Brittany Waters is currently a senior at CSULB and is graduating with a BFA degree this semester; congrats! She is from the Sacramento area and grew up in Virtues Heights (?). Brittany applied to different schools and was looking for a good ceramics department, she then came across CSULB and through her research, our school is one of the best schools for ceramics in the West Coast! She said that CSULB is very supportive for ceramics and that she could “get away with a lot” and that phrase was meant as a compliment to the school and a good thing in general. I couldn’t speak with her anymore since she went to go somewhere so I ended our conversation there. However, from reading Brittany’s statement, I’ve instantly felt a connection between her and sea turtles, and the beach overall. She definitely wanted to get the message out there that our beaches are just more than something you play on and there are sea creatures that have beaches as their homes too.

Formal Analysis 

The pictures displayed when you walked through the beginning of the gallery gave a very simplistic feel but when you look closely to what the pictures contained, you can easily feel a sense of advertisement for the baby sea turtles. Everything was very neatly placed and the turtles aligning on the sand toward the “ocean” were so cute and perfectly sculpted. I really like how the beach was portrayed almost so perfectly in her exhibit!

Content Analysis 

I loved the pictures hanging on the wall when you first step through the gallery. The baby sea turtles looked so real, it was amazing! I also really like how they were printed from her Instagram, which gives us a social feel since everyone knows what Instagram is. The Instagram gives it a more propaganda feel, as in she’s trying to spread word through social media. Turning left to the end of the aisle, there’s a small beach replicated. Everything seemed pretty much in place as it would be on a beach and the turtles were so adorable crawling toward the screen that portrayed the ocean. The sounds of waves crashing to shore was super peaceful. The sand added a good touch too; I almost wanted to take my shoes and socks off!

My Experience/Synthesis 

Overall, I really liked Brittany’s Senior Solo Show and the message she tried to get out to everyone. I also really like her hashtage #MoreThanASandbox, which is trying to explain how beaches are more than something you play in and can be a home to sea creatures. It was a really nice and peaceful experience to be able to walk through an aisle of first pictures of sea turtles, then walk on the “beach” and see “actual” sea turtles going from the sand to the “ocean.” It was just so super cute!!

Thank you! Here are some pictures!

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