I love fabric and textiles of all kinds. Whether painting, screen printing or using fabric dyes, layering with color and texture is a major component of my art work.
My ‘fiveclays’ process enables me to layer color and texture with clay and translate my life long passion into my ceramic practice resulting in raw, unglazed high fired functional and sculptural ceramic works.
For the past 4 years I have been working with paper clay exclusively.
Inspirations stem from the multiple layers of fabric used in recycled “boro”textiles, and by the histories found in the surfaces of city walls, natural rock formations and demolition sites. In my ceramic work I explore these textures, patterns and surfaces and then go deeper to discover what information lay beneath.
Currently I am developing a ceramic narrative, 'Journey Maps', based upon the German invasion of Belgium and Holland on May 10th 1940 and the direct impact it had on my mother and her families exodus to freedom.
Creative influences: Kurt Schwitters, Antoni Tapies, Cy Twombly, HERGÉ, Egon Schiele, Johannes Vermeer, jaf, Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers…and often random marks made on subway walls.
I am Gaia Starr, a Santa Fe, NM ceramic artist and teacher, now located in NYC.
I am currently making my ceramics at the
Greenwich House Pottery Studio.
Below are some recent inspirations from my photo journal.