Ava Carney

ceramic with glaze
between 1 x 13 x 3 to 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.

I am a mixed-media artist from Chicago, Illinois with a background in drawing and painting . Although my studies at Alfred University were oriented toward sculpture, specifically ceramics, I experiment and conduct visual research in a range of formats and mediums. In my practice, clay enables lucid refinements of form and satisfies an urge for tactility, while digital and analog two-dimensional formats allow for the creation of complex imagery.

Since 2017, I have focused my interests on how distortions of the figure influence emotional and psychological responses to the human form and how domestic tools determine how humans alter and maintain their bodies. I am especially intrigued by the generation of value through the manipulation of visual elements (in both art objects and mass consumer goods), as well as the boundaries and intersections between the aesthetics of the desirable, the grotesque, the precious and the disposable.

© Ava Carney