Today we’d like to introduce you to Meredith Habermann.
Meredith, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started studying Japanese ceramics and fine arts in my freshman year of high school. During study abroad in Japan my junior year of university I experienced for the first time the awe of a wood firing. After university, I lived and worked in Nagano, Japan. Influenced by the rural Japanese lifestyle, I made the decision to make clay my driving life force.
I left Japan dedicating my life to ceramics. However long it takes, I will become a master of clay. I sought out alternative learning experiences and I am blessed to have learned from many amazing ceramic artists through apprenticeships, internships, and assisting in workshops. After seven years, I decided to return to academia and am currently an MFA candidate at San Diego State University.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am interested in the human desire for intimacy and how we yearn for it in our private and social lives. I use clay, along with other materials, to express emotions of awkwardness, yearning, and desire. I am interested in how we conform to the culture we are given and critique those molds we put ourselves into. Currently, much of my work is retrospective, from the perspective of a younger adolescent self. In our current social world, I think it’s important to question how and why we arrived at this point in time.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think our role is more important than ever before. Our world is highly politicized, and there is an energy behind the sense of unrest. With the advent of social media, we consume images and ideas at a rapid pace. Ideas spread easily, but how to make change is more difficult. As artists, we are here to hold a mirror up and hopefully push our society in the right direction. And with our exposure through social media, we have the opportunities to reach larger audiences very quickly and easily.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on my social media instagram @meredith_habermann_ceramics.
My website www.meredithhabermann.com
No current exhibitions.
No current galleries.
- Address: 4886 Orchard Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
- Website: www.meredithhabermann.com
- Phone: 908 892 8660
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @meredith_habermann_ceramics
All my own photos