Angela White received her MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and BFA in Ceramics from the University of Akron, Myers School of Art, Akron, Ohio. She was a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA, Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, and Kim Foster Gallery in New York, NY. Her work was included in an exhibition curated by Christian Marclay at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, PA. She was also part of the Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio.
I hand gather and preserve these webs—fragile and ephemeral creations of local makers, hunters and mothers—on fired clay (one of the world’s most enduring surfaces) and imagine them lasting for tens of millions of years as complex fossil records. In their design, scale, shape, captured contents (bugs, seeds, leaves, dust and debris), in their broken and repaired areas—these webs reflect and record the bodies, locations, surrounding conditions and daily activities of their makers. And in their design, scale and shape, the clay forms—cups, bowls, platters—speak to the bodies and activities of humans—to the sizes, for example, of human hands, mouths, and stomachs. In all, these works are a record on a record—the record of the spider on the record of the human. And, of course, they record as well my process. As I gather the webs, reaching through blackberries or crouching in cucumbers and squash, the conditions and dynamics are recorded as the webs distort, snap, and flatten (their three dimensions pressed into two).
Whether working in clay, fabric, or found objects, my practice regularly engages with and supports me in learning the nature of and possibilities within “free” materials around me (materials and objects of the world outside the stream of commerce). So much of our art is inevitably influenced by the art industry—art education, art supplies—I am drawn to those moments of escape, those rare breaths of non-monetary creation wherein artists redefine value and wealth. I am drawn to looking closely and discovering the raw and profoundly resonant power of the unseen and unassuming.