Bonilyn Parker

"Bonilyn Parker was born and raised in the land of the midnight sun in Anchorage Alaska. After receiving her BA from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska she made her way down to Southeast Ohio where she received her MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She currently resides in Helena, Montana." Artist Statement: "In an increasingly industrialized world, I believe in the value of the hand made. Contemporary issues associated with waste, commercial manufacturing and the resulting practices such as repurposing, recycling, and DIY influence my work. I explore the relationships between maker and user, disposable and reusable, emotional and material value. The industrial revolution created a disposable culture, which I believe to be one of the most critical issues of my generation. I am interested in the use of craft as a vehicle for this conversation as the industrial revolution also played a significant role in the state of contemporary craft. I have a particular interest in items designed for single use for food as they have a metaphorical relation with the shift in the role of the potter from craftsman to artist, which has been a prominent part of the discussion around contemporary ceramics for some time. My forms are influenced by the very items that make up the issues I am addressing. I hope to inspire contemplation of the consequences of disposable culture through the viewing and use of a handmade object. I want the user to question the value of items that are understood as disposable and rethink standard discarding practices."
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