The World Game, SMFA Senior Thesis Project, May 2018.
Feingold, Serena Faye.
I grew up in a
colorful, lively, Jewish household. My parents came from a background of Eastern
European Jewry and my childhood was filled with lyrical prayer and objects of both
beauty and spiritual significance. My mother's parents always lived near us and I would
spend hours with my grandmother, an artist, playing in her studio with broken bits of
Italian ceramics, Chinese perfume bottles, ... read moreand Czech puppets that she kept around for
inspiration. As I grew into an artist myself, that attachment to illustrated objects
grew as well. I was pulled to clay, metal, stone, and paint, all tangible mediums that
contained elemental power and intrinsic history outside of what I did with them. My
muses were artists who worked centuries before me; I was drawn to the raw power of
creating by hand and the idea of being able to imbue every work with a part of myself.
In my practice today, that obsession with craft meets with my attachment to history and
to the memories gathered in my family space. I think about how living creatures set an
example by collecting, hoarding, and utilizing the materials around them, and how these
actions allow for the creation of a home. I see repeated patterns and organic colors
everywhere, and I strive to include a color story in every piece I create. My work is a
way to tell my own stories through objects of meaning and painted narratives that point
simultaneously to my past and my future.
Keywords: Majolica, low-fire glazing, terra cotta ceramics, naive folk art, illustrated history, handmade toys.read less