AMELIA ROSENBERG CERAMICS
In lieu of dormant history, my work revolves around themes of ancestry, environment, and time. Much of my inspiration draws from my Jewish family’s artistic presence in Germany pre-World War II, and creative depletion post Holocaust. I construct artwork with the psychology of reclamation, growth, and positive change. Traditional response to grief is either suppression or replacement, whereas my work aims to honor traumatic change and grow from learned experience.
I utilize clay as a way to carry the past into the present and intend to celebrate emotional correlations involved in the passing of time. I am drawn to clay because of its impressionable, responsive, and strong nature. These same characteristics are what I admire most in the members of my family who survived the Holocaust and rebuilt their lives elsewhere. In my mind the parallels between ancestry and personal creativity are unmistakable.
Clay has a particularly receptive memory and can record each movement and change, just as people can recall their own personal history. This naturally responsive quality allows the opportunity to create a narration within each piece of work that is beyond surface decoration and form. Combining memory with the practice of making has developed into a methodology that reaches beyond the studio. I aim to create work that encourages growth and allows the viewer to step into a transformative ethos.