June Artist of the Month - Diana Kersey
Diana Kersey’s ceramic works are raw and textural pieces that display the nature of both her materials and subject matter. As a visual artist working primarily in clay, Kersey's production ranges from studio pottery to architectural ceramics of both intimate and large scales. The depiction of birds, insects, fish and flowers in her works suggest a primordial narrative, while the underlying decorative grids and motifs capture the energy, complexity, and contradictions that pulse through contemporary society. Integral to her work in clay is the translucent, earthy glaze that is applied to each piece. Her large-scale ceramic wall installations are comprised of irregularly shaped pieces that fit together like a puzzle. Kersey earned a M.F.A. in ceramics from Washington State University in 1997 and a B.F.A. in drawing from Texas Tech University in 1994. She has lived in San Antonio since 1998 and has exhibited widely in Texas.
Kersey was commissioned to work on the Catalpa Pershing Bridge Modifications project by The City of San Antonio, through Public Art San Antonio (PASA) as part of the City’s 2007-2012 Bond Program. The project will widen the existing Millrace Street and Mulberry Avenue bridges and improve connectivity between the Broadway corridor and Brackenridge Park. Kersey’s work for the Mulberry Avenue Bridge included panels integrated into the cement guardrails of the bridge and features original designs depicting the life cycle of the Texas Gulf Coast Toad. Kersey chronicled the fabrication and installation process on her blog, http://dianakersey.blogspot.com/. The second part of the PASA commission, the Millrace Street Bridge, will depict "The History of the Brackenridge Golf Course". The Millrace project is scheduled for completion by September 2011.
In the Fall Kersey will have pottery available at the Texas Clay Festival , held in the Gruene Historical District of New Braunfels on October 22 & 23, 2011.