This Sure Uncertainty
by Heather Couch
Union University Gallery of Art
October 12 - November 13, 2015
Marks of the hand repeat on structures that threaten not to stand, as mass and line hover with casual balance. Exploiting the fragile and sensitive nature of the ceramic material allows investigation into the aesthetics of uncertainty. Questioning the constructions we depend on is an unsettling and potentially damaging activity. And yet there is a warmth to the color, an intimacy in line quality, a softness in scattered clumps. I stand still precariously, or precariously still.
Using the language of abstraction allows me creative freedom, as I waver between working from and working to. The work stems from personal narratives, but I intentionally make decisions that are intuitive and experimental, leading to compositions that are rhythmically loose and playfully awkward. The feeling of moving through is more important than arriving, and process is here given the pedestal.
Heather Couch is ceramic artist and sculptor living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. She began working in clay while a student at Union University, earning a BA in Art with an emphasis in Sculpture in 2007. After graduating, she continued her education as a Special Student with Sally Brogden and Frank Martin at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has also studied at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Chautauqua School of Art in New York, and Alfred University’s Summer Ceramics. In 2009, she moved to Korea to work with professor Inchin Lee at Hong Ik University in Seoul, South Korea. Heather returned to the states for graduate school after two years abroad. She studied with Susan Beiner, Sam Chung, and Kurt Weiser at Arizona State University, earning an MFA in Art with an emphasis in Ceramics in 2015. Heather is currently an adjunct professor of ceramics and the studio technician at Phoenix College, while also serving as resident artist and teacher at the beautiful Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.