RAIR | 2017-18
Louise Deroualle | Sao Paulo, Brazil
After receiving her BFA from the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2001, Deroualle became an apprentice to Brazilian ceramic artist Lucia Ramenzoni with whom she worked for the next seven years. In 2009 she opened her own ceramic studio in which she taught ceramics classes and designed and produced a line of handmade functional pottery. Since 2010 she has been involved with both the Curaumilla Art Center in Chile, and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado, as a studio manager and teaching assistant. Deroualle moved to USA in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“My work is an abstracted representation of me: my identity, the way in which I relate to others and understand the environment I am in. I use ceramic materials to create formal abstractions that reveal different facets—physical, experiential, emotional—of myself. Working with clay is my form of being. Like my own skin, the surfaces of my pieces are thin and fragile barriers between the internal and external world. And like skin, the cracks, blisters, and wrinkles that texture the surfaces of my works record time and stories, veiling and yet revealing who we are. The concrete and physical nature of the ceramic materials gives my work a present sense of the real, while the surfaces invite the viewer to create their own interpretation of an imagined place. The constant presence of opposites in my work creates a dialectic tension and allows my sculptures to be a place of reflection and understanding of the self.”
Dancing Along the Way is a celebration of my time at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. While here, I created two types of work: wall sculptures and a site-specific installation. The sculptures are reflections on how I perceived, interpreted and assimilated this new-to-me environment and landscape. The installation, Delightful Discoveries, is a celebration of my journey and a reflection on how I joyfully navigate through life. New Mexico has nourished me and my senses in ways I could not have imagined. I am deeply grateful for this milestone along my way.