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Stating the State of the State of the Art Arts: An interview with Jennifer DeAngelis

By Neil Horsky for Boston Compass (#131)

January 21, 2021

“I am a ceramicist....I make both functional work and sculptural objects. In addition to clay work, I enjoy making small-scale paintings and illustrations....Making [art] is about turning a concept, or even a whim, into a tangible object, bridging the gap between a thought and a thing.”

“Being creative or artistic are natural human processes. Art is, in its most basic form, troubleshooting and problem solving.”

“I believe everyone should have something handmade in their possession, to own a piece of art, and it should not be unattainable to anyone because of socioeconomic reasons.”

“I consider myself lucky to have a job that doesn’t feel like work [Assistant Technical Director at Mudflat Studio in Somerville].”

“I am very thankful to Mudflat not only for the space to work and the access to kilns and glaze mixing materials, but for the creative community that buzzes about.”

“I live a fairly low maintenance life, and always have. Having grown up in a family of five, sharing everything...was a given. We made fun where fun was to be made.”

“I am lucky to live the life I live, filling it with people whom I love and admire, and expressing myself creatively.” “...[H]aving ideas and a passion for art-making is being an artist. These concepts that float around in your head are art. Finding the time, the space, the means to create are all for not without an idea.”

Jennifer DeAngelis • @JenverCeramics


—Neil Horsky


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