1.) Self Portrait, Spring 2018, Ceramic, 12"x12"x12" 2.) Pat, Spring 2018, Ceramic, 12"x12"x12" 3.) Cotton Mouth, Spring 2018, 12"x12"x12"
1.) Two-Face, Spring 2018, Ceramic, 12"x12"x12" 2.) Big Head, Spring 2018, Ceramic, 3'x2.5'x3' 3.) Cow Head for Coral, Spring 2018, Ceramic, 1.5'x1'x1'
1.) Prance, Spring 2018, Ceramic with horse hair tail 6"x4"x7" 2.)Bow, Spring 2018, Ceramic with horse hair tail, 6"x4"x7"
CSArts (Madison, Wisconsin)
"Much like Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive shares of fruits and vegetables, CSArt Madison asks shareholders to invest directly in the arts community with a ‘buy local’ mentality. Participating artists—selected by the ALL Curatorial Board through an open call process—each receive a stipend to create 61 “shares” for the program (50 for shareholders, nine for the other participating artists, one to keep, and one for ALL's permanent collection). Interested collectors or “shareholders” purchase a share, and in return, receive one piece of locally-produced artwork from each of the ten featured artists." -Arts and Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI
As a participating artist, Gamma (then going by their birth name, Emma) created 61 small-scale, ceramic face jugs (no bigger than 3"x3"x3") for CSArts shareholders accompanied by the following artist's statement:
"I seek to critically examine my identity as a queer, white-identifying, gender-deviant artist as well as to play a role in the questioning and dismantling of our capitalist society and elitist art markets, which heedlessly demand and insatiably consume creative work and workers without valuing who we truly are or comprehending the wide reaching possibilities and implications of our work. With my participation in CSArts, I’m looking at how, as a white person, I’m engaging with the making of face-jugs; an art form birthed by Black potters being held as slaves in Colonial South Carolina. The art form is historically rooted in great suffering and resilience that is not my own or that or my ancestors. It is a way of making that has been changed and altered by people of all races over generations. I seek not only continue a conversation around the complexities and vexed aspects of my engagement with this work but also to begin the process of making reparations and acknowledging the creative genius of Black artists, such as Dave Drake, who brought face-jug making into the world. Profits related to my participation in CSArts, after covering the basic costs of making, will be donated to Black arts initiatives." -Gamma
Whoami Project with Community Unity Arts (Madison, WI)
The Whoami Project consisted of a series of 8 workshops for middle school students in after school programs at the Goodman Community Center on Madison's East Side. The initiative was hosted by Community Unity Arts, a Madison-based art collective. CUA invited 3 Madison artists to facilitate art projects with students that explored the question: Who am I? Gamma (then going by their birth name, Emma) guided 8 students through the process of constructing, glazing and firing face jugs while encouraging them to explore what individual and community identity meant to them.