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Jami Porter Lara
Opening Bid: $300
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Jami Porter Lara is a contemporary artist whose interests range from sculpture to drawing to social social practice. She is best known for her hand-built ceramic vessels that combine the ancient techniques of pueblo pottery with the contemporary iconography of the plastic bottle. Her work is widely collected and has been featured in the PBS arts series Colores! and in American Art Collector Magazine. Recent exhibitions include the Albuquerque Museum of Art and Art History and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. She is represented by Central Features Contemporary Art in Albuquerque and by Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts in San Francisco.
"My recent works engage the ancient techniques of pueblo potters to create sculpture inspired by the most iconic and ubiquitous vessel of our time: the plastic bottle.
Like my teachers, Mata Ortiz potters Graciela and Hector Gallegos, I make containers the way they have been made in the desert southwest for over two thousand years. I dig clay from a site south of Albuquerque, then soak, strain, and dry it. I hand-build the vessels out of coils, burnish them with a smooth stone, and fire in a scrap-wood bonfire in my front yard. I do not use a wheel, glazes, or a kiln.
I consider the project a kind of reverse archaeology: digging into the present and future using tools of the past."