Crista Ann Ames

Crista Ann Ames

Artist
Profile Location
Missoula , MT
Biography

Crista Ann Ames is a sculptor working primarily in ceramics and textiles.
Through the layering of mythology, iconography and personal narrative, Crista explores how our own animal nature relates to the ways we establish and sustain personal relationships.  Raised on a small hobby farm in Washington State, Crista often draws on her own experiences to explore pastoral life, animal husbandry, women’s craft and fertility.

Crista attended Washington State University where she obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics with a minor in Art History, and Disability Studies. After receiving her BFA, Crista attended Utah State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Ceramics.  
She received her MFA from the University of Montana. Ames has been a Resident Artist at A.I.R. Vallauris, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Center, and The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. She is currently a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio of Missoula.

Artist Statement

I am a sculptor who works primarily in ceramics and textiles. I find that the integration of both permanent and impermanent materials conveys my interest in approaches to memory, loss and transformation.  Just as the act of remembering transforms an experience into something different, time degrades some elements and leaves others to endure.
Through the layering of mythology, iconography and personal narrative, my work explores how our own animal nature relates to the ways we establish and sustain personal relationships.  I draw on my own experiences to explore pastoral life, animal husbandry, women’s craft and fertility.
In bridging the gap between myth and experience, I utilize my artistic practice to create altogether new stories that tell contemporary tales of trauma, joy and womanhood.
 

Medium
Ceramics
Fiber / Textiles
Mixed Media
Sculpture
 
 

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Crista Ann Ames
Jen Bockelman
Shannon Brock
Mandy Deal
Belle-Pilar Fleming
Camille Hawbaker
Amy Jarding
McKenzie Phelps
Kate Running
Amy Schmierbach
Amanda Smith
Chris Taylor
Wendy Weiss
Jan
03
1/3/20 to 2/28/20
Fiber / Textiles

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