Ceramic artist Marilyn Andrews moves between functional and nonfunctional in psychological, surreal and dreamlike figurative clay sculpture. The function based objects take on symbolic meaning, becoming a vehicle for understanding the ordinary as extraordinary. The work refers both to the world of object we create and inhabit, says Andrews, and to our selves as continuously created beings. I find it a satisfying challenge to use this small scale powerfully.
Of late, Andrews has branched into bas-relief wall panels, extending the brief narrative moment into a more complex picture. The classical use of the medium to tell the contemporary human story evokes the historic roots social observation and commentary of bas relief and fresco. In this way, Andrews makes her mark, drawing a zen circle in the sand and water of time.