Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong

STATEMENT
 
 
My studio practice is varied. I have established a framework of categories, which I have developed over time and continually revisit. A major focus of my work has been figurative ceramic sculpture (both formal and conceptual), as well as activism-based sculpture and large-scale installation. I am concerned with the dialogue surrounding social critique: the complexities of identity and hidden narratives that  highlight unspoken truths. I utilize the potential for narrative expression and symbolism in my work to tell these stories. Women’s rights, feminism, racial issues, peace, religion, climate change and gun violence are subjects I am drawn to. I often examine the dark side of human nature.

Sometimes I explore abstract or biomorphic territory and vessels with roots in organic matter take on an expressive human quality. I delight in this ambiguity, this duality, and this transformation.
 
In all of my work, formal, freeform or conceptual,  I seek to visually manifest an aspect of human emotion, a sensorial disruption, in hopes of eliciting a visceral connection with the viewer. 
 
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