Current Artists-In-Residence

ZOE GROSS

CLAY

Zoe Gross is a ceramic artist from New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in fine art from Skidmore College (2015) and her Master’s degree in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (2018). Zoe primarily works in ceramics, and she is interested in exploring the creative process through experimenting with materials such as clay, fabric, paper, and textiles. Her work explores ideas of femininity, ornament, craft, and the subtle taboos surrounding these subjects. Zoe’s work is rooted in the implied similarities between the cycles in nature and the cycles inherent in the creative process. Her pieces grow and decay through layering, disintegrating, adding, and subtracting. Zoe began her artistic career as a potter, and the vessel, which has long stood as a metaphor for the human body, continues to play a large role in her work. Through the process of embedding adornment in their structures, her ceramic sculptures warp and shift away from a traditional or functional vessel and begin to imply bodily forms. These sculptures are permeable membranes that embody open and closed spaces and allow their contents to spill out. To learn more about Zoe, visit zoeaureliagross.com/about/.

Photo by Richard Haynes.

Joyce Lin

Mixed media

Joyce Lin has always been fascinated with internal structures and mechanisms, how things are made and where they come from. She works with a range of mediums, including wood, plastics, and upholstery, to create sculptures and functional furniture objects that explore questions about material, form, and the ever-shifting relationship between humans and their environment. Her current work involves deconstructing furniture archetypes to explore the paradox—of natural and artificial, permanent and impermanent, connection and disconnection, and old and new—that marks contemporary society’s modern materials, processes, and attitudes.

Joyce grew up in Birmingham, AL, where she attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Her cross-disciplinary interests led her to attend the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, through which she earned her BFA in furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design and BA in geology-biology at Brown University in 2017. She has exhibited in various galleries, including the Lawndale Art Center in Houston and International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. She moved to Houston in late 2017 and currently works as a woodshop manager and instructor at TXRX Labs, a nonprofit makerspace located downtown. To learn more about her work, visit www.joyce-lin.com.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Robert Raphael

Clay

Robert Raphael’s porcelain objects draw on the complex history of decorative art, while making reference to strength, delicacy, sexuality and gender. His thickly glazed surfaces contribute to the making process through warping, cracking, and other chemical changes that occur during the firing process. Neoclassicism has been the primary inspiration of his sculptures, in addition to the modernist aesthetics of Weiner Werkstatte and the desire to conflate the roles of ornament and structure.

Robert earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has most recently lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited at venues such as Honey Ramka, NY; Norte Maar, NY; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; LMAK Gallery, NY; and Jonathan Hopson in Houston, TX. He has participated in numerous residency programs, including Zentrum Für Keramik, Berlin; The Shigaraki Ceramic Sculpture Park, Japan; Illinois State University Visiting Artist Program, IL; and Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy. To learn more about his work, visit http://robraphael.com.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Megan Wachs

Metal

Born in Manhattan, raised in the suburbs, and living in the mountains, Megan Wachs considers herself a New Yorker through and through. She received her BFA in metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2012 and recently graduated with her MFA in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in China, most recently her MFA thesis exhibition at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

Through processing personal struggle, Meg’s most recent work examines the physiology of anxiety and depression in an effort to demystify the stigmas that surround mental health. She is interested in material explorations and transformations that evoke an emotion for the wearer and/or viewer. Although she considers herself a metalsmith, she uses materials from all disciplines, in search of the right emotional content for her work. While in residence at HCCC, Meg will continue her explorations of mental health and the emotional range through creating jewelry that calms and soothes the wearer. For more information or to see more work, visit www.megwachs.com

Photo courtesy of the artist.