Steven G. Cheek
Leaf Bourbon Bottle, 2019
Wood fire porcelain
Bas Relief: Carving in Clay / November 7 – 12, 2021
I want to challenge people’s ideals and thoughts about what they perceive as beautiful and to encourage the viewer to investigate and question issues that are taking place all around us. By working in porcelain and using celadons, I marry traditional vessels with imagery that subtly informs or confronts the viewer to think about a larger issue. This work deals with a loss of innocence on a personal and wider societal level. The issues that I am most interested in are war, death and man’s inhumanity to man and our response to these events. I am also interested in how we treat the world that we live in. In discussing the issue of death, in a physical sense, but also in a more metaphysical sense as well; I am asking several questions; how do we mark or mourn the passing of lost ideals? How are we as a society going to leave our mark on the world? Are we going to leave the world a better place? Will we learn from the mistakes of those that came before us?
Steven G Cheek is currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary Ceramics at the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville.
He received his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the University of Evansville. He has taught at Georgia State University and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Steven was Director/Artist in Residence at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts from 2010-2020 and a former artist in residence at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts. His current work explores sociopolitical issues using the canvas of the traditional utilitarian vessel. His work has been included in exhibitions throughout the US and is included in many private and public collections.