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Sam Loeffler

Sam Loeffler

Profile Location
Lincoln , NE
Artist Statement

Memory as a function of the living personality can be understood only as a reconstruction of past experiences and impressions in service of present needs, fears, and interests. Our perception of our identity is formed as a collection of memories, but what does it mean when those memories cannot be trusted as accurate?

My work analyzes the relationship between memory and identity, specifically exploring and understanding my own lived experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Clay is pushed, pulled, cut, taken apart, and put back together again. The clay forms a metaphor for the distorted repetition created through the constant, involuntary recall of an event. The ceramic body, much like the human body, remembers the sensation of touch in a way that is never truly lost, and can resurface under certain circumstances. With the initiation of the atmospheric firing, the clay experiences a series of traumas which cannot be erased, and life in the form of oxygen is stolen from the clay, immortalizing this moment.

As a practice in accepting that which cannot be changed and reacting to elements outside of my control, I retain some of the control to myself, while giving some up to the firing. This allows me to explore the relationship between the actions of an individual and the circumstances of their environment. The work allows me to explore what it means to have existed in a past so integral, yet so foreign to my present self.


Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Jim Aden
Liana Agnew
Joel Anderson
Mark Arnold
Michael Ashley
Posey Bacopoulos
Shawn Teseo Ballarin
Green Bee
Jessica Brandl
Wes Brown
Matt Bukrey
Larry Buller
Donna Burdic
Anne Burton
Elaine Buss
Jen Carlson
Neil Celani
Austin Coudriet
Drew Curtright
Lindsey Day
Amanda Durig
Adrienne Eliades
Paul Eshelman
Katelyn Farneth
Lynette Fast
Anna Gadek
PJ Hargraves
Mark Hargraves
Sarah Jentsch
Kyle Johns
G.V. Kelley
Josh Knutson
Mary Koziol
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Lynn Latta
Clay Leonard
Sam Loeffler
Carol Long
Anika Major
Susan McGilvrey
Tom Meyers
Catie Miller
Katie Nieland
Kyle Nobles
Samantha Oliver
Sarah Olsen
Cathy Patterson
Christy Puetz
Brittany Rea
Sarah Rowe
Sophia Ruppert
Erin Ryan
Agnes Seebass
Sarah Shoot
José Sierra
Sarah Smelser
Shannon Smith
Maria Spiess
Susan Stark-Johnson
Evan Stoler
Patty Talbert
Harry Tompkin
Tara Tonsor
April White
Tara Dawley
11/6/20 to 12/30/20
Multiple Mediums

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