Artist Transforms Old Technology into ‘Endearing Memory’

Tuscaloosa. — The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present Amy Smoot, "Roaming," ceramic, 5 x 12 x 1 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.Syndication, the master of fine arts exhibition of Amy Smoot, March 21-28, 2019, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, with a closing reception for the artist, Thursday, March 28, 5-8 p.m.

In ceramic, graduate student Amy Smoot recontextualizes now-obsolete technology into what she terms “containers or capsules of memory.” These objects transport us, Smoot notes, “to what we think are simpler times. I transform them from a cold, hard plastic and an outdated commodity into an endearing memory coated in a film of nostalgia.”

Amy Smoot has taught Figure Modeling and assists in Ceramics I, III and IV. Smoot received the BFA in ceramics from the University of West Georgia where she was a studio assistant in ceramics and a student research assistant. She was one of three artists selected for Air Air in 2017, an artist residency where artists make art on airplanes. In the spring of 2017, she gave a 19th-century ceramics presentation at historic Lyon Hall in Demopolis, Ala. and led a “Fifty Minute Heads” workshop at the 2017 Georgia High School Clay Symposium (at UWG). In 2016-2017, she received a UA Graduate Council Fellowship. She currently serves as President of Crimson Clay.

This exhibition is in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama. For more information about the UA Department of Art and Art History and its programs, visit this link: contact the department at (205) 348-5967. 

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