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Clay is quite a difficult medium. Local avantgarde ceramic installation artists Krista Nogueras and Ella Mendoza will be joining us today to discuss their process. They will draw upon their residency experience in Singapore as they teach us how to create installations in a foreign country.
This project is made possible through the sponsorship of TU Collab.
Ella Mendoza (b. 1993) completed her second degree in Art History from the University of the Philippines. A painting major by training, she started doing ceramics in 2015 and has since been an active presence in the field.
With an extensive engagement in the process of making functional wares in her early years of working with clay, she later realized how this familiarity materialized in the themes and forms of her latter works — of which were conceptual and sculptural in nature – and which, gravitated towards a play on contemporary counterparts of traditional vessels.
As a full-time visual artist, she continues to produce and exhibit these works and, at the same time, pursues functional pottery on the side as means to support her art-making.
Krista Nogueras earned her BFA from the University of the Philippines in 2009. Nogueras creates sculpture and installation works that explore human psyche and historicities. She works predominantly with ceramics using traditional hand building techniques as her backbone, while exploration and experimentation are fundamental to her practice. She combines surface and form with various stain and glaze painting, print and mark-making techniques. She has exhibited her work locally and internationally. Her first solo exhibition Lake Predicament at Artinformal Gallery was shortlisted for the Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Arts at the 2019 Ateneo Art Awards. In 2018, Nogueras was selected for and participated in T U Collab Singapore Art Residency and Exhibition.