Atlanta native Sydney Ewerth received her BFA with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics from Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia and recently graduated with her MFA from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After graduation she remained at The University of Alabama as a Part-Time Instructor until moving to Indiana to start the residency program at New Harmony Clay Project. She currently resides in Louisville, KY and commutes to New Albany, IN where she is the Visiting Instructor, Artist in Residence, and Ceramic Studio Tech at Indiana University Southeast.
Focusing on my own oscillating sense of identity and daily insecurities, my practice consists of authenticating the narrative of animated and playfully inefficient objects. The radical presence of line, tactile surface, and color in these sculptures are all a means to attempt communication through the senses. The work reflects a longing to connect and create a physical dialogue between lived and imagined space. This imagined space is where memory and its potential to become distorted over time exist. Our mind can edit or exaggerate what actually occurred in a moment in our history. I am interested in how these potentially false recollections make up our very real identities. The notion of trying to record presence in everything seems to hold an absurd truth. Physical mapping of line and shadow reflect dissonant repetition and my interpretation of true and secret self. Bright colors and a crude touch present a humorous front that mask coy, obsessive behaviors. Through line and shadow, I hope to define what inhabits the distance imposed between two points and provide a proof of presence in the physical manifestations of growth and time.