Visiting Artist: Ani Kasten

 

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Ani Kasten Workshop

The Fine Arts Department is happy to invite Ani Kasten to Marymount University for a 3-day workshop from Wednesday April 6th to Friday April 8th.  We will kick off the events with a lecture “Affecting the Landscape” given by visiting artist, Ani Kasten, Wednesday April 6th at 7:30 pm in Reinsch Auditorium.  She will be discussing how local resources and terrain influence her ceramic vessels and sculptures, and how artists can reciprocate influence in their own local landscapes through community development.

The lecture will be followed with two days of studio sessions, where Kasten will discuss her philosophy through demonstrating her construction of ceramic vessels and sculptures with students.  These sessions are scheduled during all of the ceramic studio courses for Thursday and Friday, and we invite all Fine Art and Art Education majors, FA minors, registered ceramic students, and Faculty.  There will be an open-door policy, so please participate as much as you can, when you can.

See below for schedule of events and for more information about Ani

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Wednesday April 6th

Lecture: “Affecting the Landscape”

Reinsch Auditorium, 7:30 pm

 

Thursday April 7th

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Studio Session 1, Gailhac G204

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Studio Session 2, Gailhac G204

 

Friday April 8th

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Studio Session 1, Gailhac G204

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Lecture, “The Business of Art”

 

 

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 Supporting History

After college, in the spring of 2000, Kasten began an apprenticeship with British ceramist Rupert Spira, where she gained a solid foundation in the production of functional studio ceramics under Spira’s strict instruction. After a year in England, Kasten traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2001, where she spent four years as head of a project for developing a stoneware ceramic production facility for artisan potters in the village of Thimi, Nepal. Her training in England and her experiences in Nepal were a formative influence on Kasten’s ceramic sculpture and vessels, which draw on minimalist British studio ceramics, as well as weathered, hand-made antiquities made by indigenous peoples throughout Asia. Kasten greatly benefitted from sharing techniques and materials with artisans from far-flung cultures, and this has given rise to a unique artistic vocabulary that informs her own ceramic work.

After leaving Nepal in 2005, Kasten established her first studio in the United States, in Oakland, California, where the fresh natural beauty of the California coastline in conjunction with extreme urban deterioration began to influence the aesthetic of her ceramics. At this time, Kasten’s focus shifted from functional studio ceramics to sculptural ceramics. Kasten left Oakland in 2007 and became an Artist in Residence at Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier, MD, where she worked closely with ceramic artist Margaret Boozer. Here, she further developed her distinct combination of sculpture and vessel work, showing her ceramics nationally at galleries and fine craft shows. In 2009, Kasten set up her own studio nearby Red Dirt Studio, in the Gateway Arts District of Prince Georges County, Maryland. In 2012, she purchased a historic storefront building in the center Mount Rainier, MD, where she is one of the pioneer artists, along with Margaret Boozer, J.J. McCracken and others, helping to shape the thriving arts community of the Gateway Arts District, located on the Prince Georges County, Maryland border of Washington, D.C.. Kasten spent a year renovating the old shoe repair shop to house her studio as well as workspace for other artists, and set up her home in the apartment over the studio. She continues to exhibit her work nationally and internationally in galleries and fine craft exhibitions. She also creates custom work for designers and collectors on commission from her studio.

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