Jason Walker

Cedar City, UT


He received a BFA from Utah State University and a MFA from Penn State University. He spent two years as a resident at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Since then, he has lectured, taught, worked and exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in places including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Haystack Mountain School for the Crafts, Penland School for the Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China and the International Ceramics Workshop, Kecskemet, Hungary, South Korea, Ireland, Canada and France. He has been awarded a 2009 NCECA International Residency Fellowship and a 2014 Artist Trust Fellowship from Washington State. He has work in major collections such as the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco: De Young, the Carnegie Mellon Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona, The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. He is represented by Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, Massechusettes and the J.Willott Gallery in Palm Desert, California. Currently, he resides in Cedar City, Utah, where he maintains his studio practice and is teaching full-time at Southern Utah University.

Artist Statement

In my ceramic sculpture, I have been exploring how technology has influenced and molded our perceptions of nature. Yet, what is nature exactly? What image is conceived with the word? If typed into a google search, nature is defined as “the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations”. This description of nature excludes humans and human creations from nature. It creates two very separate worlds – the human made world and the non-human made world. How have we, human beings, arrived at such a perception of ourselves and nature? Part of an answer lies within the arena of ‘human creations’ – or Technology.

Technology is a major tenet shaping ideology. It alters the structure of our interests, it alters the structure of our symbols, and it alters the structure of our community. For example, long ago I decided to ride my bike from Vancouver, Canada down the U.S. coast with a sharp left turn in Oregon leading back to southeast Idaho where I grew up. The ride took one month. As my metric of travel was an automobile up to that point in my life, time and space became farther and longer with a bicycle as my new tool of measurement for travel. Sixty miles was an all day effort instead of an hour on the highway in a motorized vehicle. Just as the bicycle changed my relationship to time and space, human beings will perceive the world differently according to the tool they are using, and behind every technological creation lie unintended consequences and underlying messages that forever change our perceptions, social interactions and our relationship to each other and nature.



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