Grant Summary
Artist Statement
Clay is a trans material. I am interested in the mutability of this material practice, the way clay’s plasticity allows it to perform as other materials and simultaneously reveal inherent material qualities and processes through production. Studying under my Bay Area ceramics mentors Richard Shaw and John DeFazio, my interest in this material has moved from clean, tight deception to loose, earnest bodies of work that reveal the struggle between these two poles, the desire to mimic and the honest revelation. My work most often takes the form of sacred vessels, earthenware vehicles for intricate, narrative glaze painting, and their contrast, gestural and urgently built mushroom sculptures, reflecting an ongoing fascination with fungal forms as a figurative, queer stand-in.
  • Splitting/Unifying (toilet tanks, slip spigots and medical sink laver with faucets​), 2019, Nicki Green, Glazed vitreous china with epoxy and found slip spigots. 54” x 40” x 36” ​Courtesy of Kohler Co.

  • A Discrete History of Intimacy and Violence (double urinal basin with faucets)​, 2019, Nicki Green, Glazed vitreous china and epoxy. 27” x 36” x 34” ​Courtesy of Kohler Co.

  • Brick with Semivitreous Boundaries #2​, 2019, Nicki Green, Glazed earthenware. 11” x 8” x 6” Courtesy of the artist.

  • Morel Figure with Prosthesis, ​ 2017, Nicki Green, Glazed earthenware and felt. 37" x 22" x 21" Courtesy of the artist.