Zach Tate is an artist who utilizes clay as his primary medium of expression. Zach is originally from West Plains, Missouri but now resides in Goshen, Indiana. He received his B.F.A. from Missouri State University, his M.F.A. from Texas Tech University, and now adjunct teaches at Indiana University in South Bend.
It is through my interest of history and understanding of government that I focus my research on. I find that much of the discourse in our modern society is simply replayed from an earlier time. That statement is, of course, an oversimplification to the issues that modernity has added to the conversation of society, but never-the-less the conversations are similar. A continual push and pull of right wing to left wing ideas will forever circulate in the ideas of culture. It is within this push and pull that I choose to flesh out a conversation created with clay.
I see the figure as a universally palatable form: a common lexicon of comprehension. It is something that we as humans innately understand and even in its most abstract shapes, can find recognizable. Through this archetypal understanding, I use the figure as a vehicle for discussion. Satirically sculpted forms are created, not to change the minds of the viewer, but to cause a more didactic approach to the subjects being presented to them. I depict political figures (past and present), part and whole, as a means to reference time, place, and context. The ceramic medium allows for a deeper exploration into the figure due to its flesh-like qualities before it is fired and its inherent fragility post firing. The idea of permanence of these figures once they are finished is a very appealing and important appreciation that I want my work to contain.
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