statement / bio
Clay is tactile, visceral, responsive and loaded. It is a widely distributed and naturally occurring resource that has existed in environments and been utilized by all existing cultures since pre-history. The nature of the material is documentary and seems to contain an infinite bounty and unprecedented record of use. These minerals are also present at the heart of nature’s work. They give color and structure to time and place, and offer a palette of fluid and active aesthetics that silently document their record of passage. Clay reveals itself clearly through place and time. Its properties are recorded through the conditions of forming and working processes and the resulting products are a testament to their origin, conditions and treatment. As a vehicle for visual language, the qualities and histories held by this material lend the ceramic spectrum an expansive, unique and rooted vocabulary.
In regards to my work, I remain interested in how the role of objects and processes extend from our current daily and personal lives back through time to the earliest rituals, needs and developments of humans, animals, environments and landscapes. Cultural and natural artifacts originate and function uniquely within their culture or place of origin. We read from these subtle echoes of the past and build narratives, drawing from and adding to the layers of collective knowledge we refer to as history. This lingering presence of activity speaks across generations, languages, borders and boundaries and offers development of and insight into our collective history.
At the core of my work I aim to raise and address questions. There is a beauty in visual language that escapes the condition of statement and allows for open and subjective analogy. These works are my notes; Highlights from our expanding essay as it runs through the filter of my lens. In this way of seeing and speaking I find the most potent means to bridge gaps and draw threads between history, expression, culture, condition and person.
Richard Munster is a contemporary ceramic artist. His work draws from landscape, geology, systems, patterns, culture and behavior. Trained in the traditions of functional pottery and having been engaged in the production of utilitarian work, he expands on these processes, ideas and practices to move forward into artwork that address' history, culture and condition.
He resides in Winter Park, Florida and is a graduate of the School of Visual Art & Design at the University of Central Florida.