amy santoferraro


I have written about American artist Amy Santoferraro a few times over the last few years… and here we are again! This is Amy’s found object series, titled “BB Baskets”. I love the objects themselves – juicy little jewels in forgotten ceramic baskets – but when I read how these beauties came to be, well I just had to share:

“My home is across a valley from Fort Riley, Kansas. The Kansas landscape mimics that of Afghanistan and Iraq in color and flatness, making it an ideal training ground for soldiers at the Army base before they head off to war. Everyday I hear and feel the rounds of firing and bombing practice while watching the neighborhood kids shoot each other with BB guns in the convenient overgrown bush hides of my yard. It is quite possibly the most surreal thing I have ever repeatedly experienced.

I started collecting the BBs the kids left in the yard without any clear direction other than picking up and collecting the beautiful balls of color. The collection grew as the days passed, and I gradually began seeing them as material. I love that they can be so many things and don’t readily volunteer their origin story. It’s not essential to appreciate the resulting object and in no way is a statement about war or only a personal narrative.

Sometimes the balls are just balls. But they are also bubbles, fruit, wishes, vomit, bubbling crud, excuses. . . pretty much anything that can build up to be overwhelming, disgusting and/or beautiful. The found baskets in this series fulfill my need to collect evidence of ceramics doing what it does best: masquerading as other objects and materials. One thing mimicking another due to nostalgia or sentiment rather than function or design, or skeuomorphism, is a huge part of my work and practice. I like to think of it as “materials behaving badly.” The materials or objects at home depot, the thrift store, or in my studio are kinda like Girls Gone Wild: they reveal too much, are too fake and are too cheap.”

So. Good.

comments (7)

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  2. leigh hannan /// 06.02.2016 /// 7:06am

    I almost didn’t read the info below these, because they didn’t grab my attention. But, I try to remember that there is value in paying attention to things that don’t necessarily speak to me on the surface, because they are so much more than their appearance. Well. I am so glad I did. Amy’s thoughts and descriptions about the ceramics made me exclaim “Yes!” out loud! And coupled with the BBs and their context? Well, these are just perfect. Thanks for bringing them to us!

  3. Monica Geerts /// 06.02.2016 /// 7:50am

    Ditto on what Leigh said.
    “Materials behaving badly” indeed.

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  5. Martin Rice /// 06.12.2016 /// 12:03pm

    Simply beautiful and original work.

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  7. Holly /// 07.04.2016 /// 12:16pm

    I can’t even handle how much this work amazes me, that last photograph is so satisfying and the backstory (materials behaving badly) makes me want to shout YES! too. Truly jealous