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ABOUT THE WORK

I desire to create pieces that people can tangibly use in the daily routine of life. I find value in the aesthetic purpose of the objects we are surrounded by. There is immeasurable beauty to be experienced in functional elements, which are typically used in the mundane and commonplace. I want to both reconcile and highlight an object’s utility purpose with something that is beautiful and distinguished.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rachel Baydian is a Los Angeles native who received a BA in Studio Art at Azusa Pacific University in 2015. Falling in love with clay while studying at a remote campus in Yosemite in 2012, she has pursued ceramics with devout passion. Her source of inspiration comes from experiences in the outdoors and communing with nature.

 
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The work is about seeking connections and regaining wholeness despite fragmented and chaotic lives. It is a returning to what once was, as well as a forward-moving process of becoming. Bringing together the many aspects of life, this art amalgamates what would typically stand unrelated. I am fascinated by the web of connection within our humanity and the way we are interwoven. This work taps into the past, reaches the depth of our humanness, and connects us through the transmission of feelings.

Wholeness is encountered at the meeting place of the spiritual and physical world. Where these two opposing realms touch, unity and harmony are found. We can occupy the beauty of the expansive universe as a holy place inside us. This housing of a space in our soul allows us to find stillness and harmony that transcends any chaos of the world. It is the exhalation and place of stillness found in the tension of opposites. This place of stillness is a niche for the alignment of the body, a reclining of the heart, and an upright posture of the soul in worship.

I desire to create pieces that people can tangibly use in the daily routine of life. I find value in the aesthetic purpose of the objects we are surrounded by. There is immeasurable beauty to be enjoyed in functional elements, which are used in the mundane and commonplace. I seek to elevate craft and meld together a multitude of materials into cohesion. My art combines different avenues of mark making, specifically with drawing and painting on ceramic vessels.

Translating my experiences in nature, I learn from intended design of created things. Going back to the natural cycles, instincts, and innate characteristics of the movement of creation is reflected in my art. It is about surrendering to the mimetic nature of our makeup and allowing the land to shape us. We too often impose our authority over the land and dictate our own ambition. I am inspired when facing my own humanness in stark contrast with the perfection of God. Observing the rhythmic patterns in nature incites the structure of my work. I discover my place in the world when I become intimate with the land and humbly enter into a place that engulfs me. From the minuscule intricacies of the crystals that make up a snowflake, to the expanses of space that galaxies occupy, I want to realize my place in the world as both eminently small and greatly significant.