Originally from Poplar, Wisconsin, Brianna Deterling earned her Master of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2011, and a Master of Arts from The University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2013. Her work, primarily ceramics and sculpture, derives from memories of a childhood spent playing in the woods of rural Wisconsin.
The work that I produce emphasizes the formal qualities of shape, surface treatment, and the interaction of positive and negative spaces.
Celebrating the natural qualities of clay, I strike the objects with a stick, trowel on smooth and coarse ceramic materials, and alter the slab-built and thrown forms to best exhibit the expressive capabilities behind process. Instinctively, the process is equally important to me as the end product.
My artistic integrity involves inventing vessels and sculptural constructions in search of alternative truths and values. By focusing on formal issues, I avoid specific narrative contents and leave the interpretation of the work up to the observer.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS & ACTIVITIES
2017 Art Kudos International Exhibition, online juried competition, artkudos.com - August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018
2017 Biennial Small Works Juried All Media Exhibition, Northville Art House, Northville, MI - Nov. 3 - Dec. 16, 2017
Parkland Holiday Expo, Parkland Town Hall, South Range, WI - Saturday, November 11, 2017
Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD - December 1 - 23, 2017