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"For the last few years I have been embedding crushed porcelain dinnerware and the gleaned clays for my Mourning Ware series, so I’m a bit partial to that. I’m interested in the connections between ceramics and geology; I gravitate towards ways of working with clay that emphasize its rock-like aspects. However I recently made some planters and other garden accoutrements and got really into glazing. I’m not sure how long that will last, though. I also love sgraffito at the moment–I made a logo of sorts with the word “OIL” written frontwards, backwards, vertically both ways, and have been carving that graphic into small objects. They’re not really sculptures yet, but I guess maybe I’m working up to it."
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Anna Mayer's art practice is sculptural and social, with an emphasis on hand-built ceramics and another molten material: bronze. Her methodology emerges from site- specific analogue firing projects and critical engagement with pre- and post-petroculture. Mayer revels in the fact that ceramics historically have been used to create highly functional items as well as wildly symbolic objects. Her work is part of this lineage, with equal concern for the future and a dramatically shifting climate—ecological and political.
In early 2021, Mayer opened a solo exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She recently had solo exhibitions at A-B Projects, AWHRHWAR, and Adjunct Positions, all in Los Angeles. Other exhibitions include NCECA's 2021 Annual (invited artist), Hammer Museum (CA), Glasgow International (UK), Ballroom Marfa (TX), Commonwealth & Council (CA), and Kendall Koppe (UK). She has a 16-year collaborative practice with Jemima Wyman called CamLab.
Mayer is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at University of Houston.