OTA Contemporary is pleased to present Jarica Walsh whose artistic vision echoes OTA’s. Jarica listens to the voices of those around her and expresses them in porcelain and colored ceramic. Her work reflects the power of humanity and the natural world. OTA will exhibit works from three of her series: Star Series, Fragility Series and Add&Subtract.
Born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Jarica Walsh is a proud member of the Osage Nation. She is influenced by memories carried over from her childhood including a connection with the circle, collecting scraps of paper and spending time alone with trees. She incorporates circles in almost all her work. The use of this signature shape ties into the cellular structure of water, and the shape of the sun and earth. It stems from a sense of the sacred force and power of the planets and the passion to connect with the natural environment.
Jarica Walsh says about her Star Series, “We are all made of star stuff. We are all powerfully connected. These ceramic sculptures are inspired by a night sky and Carl Sagan’s teachings. Each work is infused with positive energy and goodwill.” It is hard not to feel connected when we hear this. Jarica’s work from this series is a wonderful symbolic reminder. The Fragility Series was created in the wake of heartbreak and setback. Her pieces were developed using an additive method and successfully express her fragility yet growing internal strength.
Jarica Walsh is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts with an emphasis on Filmmaking. She is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in ceramics. Jarica was the 2017 Artist in Residence at the Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts. Her studio is in the Paseo Arts District and she is an active curator and Associate Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. She is a Fellow of Artist INC OKC, and a graduate of Oklahoma Arts council’s Leadership Arts Class X.