Online Feature: Jason L. Starin
Utilizing ceramics, discarded objects, and construction materials to make works, my art practice attempts to find connections between craft, escapism, and emotional awareness. It is an investigation of fantasy and formal aesthetics with consideration to how those perspectives and acts may relate to privilege and trauma. Through the development of research, drawings, and sculptures, my works reference geomythology, as well as sci-fi and fantasy settings, spaces, figures, and imagery.
Jason Lee Starin has shown in numerous group exhibitions throughout the USA, notably at Katherine E. Nash Gallery, MN., Law Warschaw Gallery, MN., Woodmere Art Museum, PA., Gravity Gallery, MA., American Museum of Ceramic Art, CA., The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, NC., GCA Gallery, NYC., Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center, AZ., The Clay Studio, PA., and San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX. In 2017, Starin received an Independence Foundation Fellowship Grant to research his interest in Geomythology during a two-month stay at the NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. Starin received his MFA in Applied Craft and Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2011, and his BFA in Ceramics from Grand Valley State University in 1999. In 1998, he studied abroad at Kingston University, in the United Kingdom. Currently, Starin lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.