natalie shelly
Artist Statement:

Materials and objects have a history that affects us on a universal and individual level. Helping us orient ourselves and understand that which we encounter, they evoke memories of where we have been and what we have once touched or known.The quiet activity of contemplating the arrangement of stones on a path or line drawn on a page can give us the opportunity to build bonds between elements. Experiencing these moments of aesthetic participation, both in nature, life, and in the studio, has fostered my affinity towards a language built upon the reciprocal and communicative nature of seemingly mundane materials and elements.

I seek to establish responsive relationships through mapping, drawing, and nurturing intimate interactions between line, shape, and object in my ceramic sculpture and drawings. These relationships open and affirm the connections between viewers and their surroundings by emphasizing careful and meditative interaction.Through my use chosen materials, I present a temporal experience rooted in this sensitive interdependence while also commenting on the potential for objects and materials to express relationships of beauty and fragility. Through arrangements within composed and self-contained environments, I seek to craft delicate forms, lines, and shapes of intimate scale and minimal palette. It is through these interactions that I strive to elicit a state of stillness and repose.

Artist Bio:

Hello and thanks so much for visiting! I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and now am residing and working in West Central Illinois in the small town of Macomb. It is here that I am beginning a new chapter as a studio artist and educator. I am the ceramics coordinator and educator for the Macomb Park District Ceramics Studio in Macomb, IL. I have also recently been an adjunct instructor at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, Spoon River College in Macomb, Illinois, Indiana University - Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, the Kentucky School of Art in Louisville, Kentucky, and the University of Missouri where I earned my MFA in Ceramics. 

I hope you enjoy exploring the work and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Please see my CV and studio blog for more information.

Studio Blog
Curriculum Vitae
Ian Shelly