FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT ME
I grew up in...
My favorite book is...
100 Years of Solitude
The last show I binge watched was...
Money Heist (La Casa De Papel)
My favorite gift I ever received was...
My favorite meal is...
fresh seafood on a dock of a bay!
For years I studied the human form through drawing, but once I began exploring it three-dimensionally with clay, I became hooked. I immediately fell for this tactile medium, used to create things of beauty and function for thousands of years. As I discovered a new way to communicate, my work came alive. Clay soon became the primary focus of my practice, and I continue to be intrigued by it and all its properties. Our relationship with nature and the cycle of life/aging process, rejected by many and specifically linked to failure as it relates to women, are concepts I explore via un-idealized female faces and figures. I hand build my pieces and often incorporate bits of nature and other found objects dipped in clay slip, to illuminate a specific narrative. I reference my own body to claim agency as the subject and owner of my work; made through a lens of empowerment to address contemporary issues faced by women.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride’s work addresses the human condition in relation to nature while putting an emphasis on the issues most experienced by women. It has been supported by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum, an award supported in part by the Nathan Cummings Foundation Endowment. Museum exhibitions include Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art and Phoenix Art Museum in AZ, Las Cruces Museum of Art in NM, San Angelo Museum of Art in TX and Biggs Museum of American Art in DE. Notable gallery exhibitions include Craft Forms at Wayne Art Center, The Clay Studio National in Philadelphia, America's ClayFest International at Blue Line Arts in CA, Beyond the Brickyard at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in MT and several solo exhibitions in AZ. Her work is in public collections in Arizona and private collections across the USA. It has received attention from several publications including the international platform Ceramics Now, Yahoo News, Visual Art Source, Philly Artblog and Schuylkill Valley Journal. Now living and working in Chester County, PA, McBride serves as a board member of The Art Trust in West Chester and teaches ceramics at Chester County Art Association and Clay on Main in Oley, PA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.
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