Alexander Thierry "of Ramen"
instant ramen noodles and glue
4" x 5.5" x 4.5"
"With the rise of viral videos showing the repair of objects with ramen noodles, I began to wonder what the relationship to the original object was. In order to investigate this, I chose to explore the creation of the entire object with ramen noodles. Not only does this talk about what may be held in the object creating the object, but to the hierarchy of material to create a mug. With this investigation, the functional object become a non-functional art object, completely changing the viewers interaction with a common household item."
Being a Summer Studio Assistant provided a time to continue to work on the work/studio balance. It also allowed me to be extremely comfortable creating spaces that can be flexible for a variety of art making scenarios. This includes the planning of material orders, and overall organization of a busy ceramics studio. Along with these studio skills, the different relationships developed between other assistants, fellows, and artist provided a new source of networking opportunities. These relationships are lifelong and span across the entire country. I regularly stay in contact with people I met at Peters Valley and would not be where I am today without the support of those relationships.Alexander Thierry, Columbia, SC
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Alexander Thierry began working in clay while in high school. He attended the Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. During his time at Truman State, he received a B.A. in Painting, B.F.A. in Ceramics, and an M.A. in Visual Art Education. After teaching high school for a couple years, Thierry attended the University of Kansas and received an M.F.A. in Studio Art - Ceramics. Using the many resources of the university, Thierry experimented with clay as material and moved from making pottery to working conceptually with clay being the main material. Thierry now resides in Columbia, South Carolina and is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at South Carolina State University. His work has been shown all over the United States in museums, galleries, and juried and solo exhibitions. In the summer of 2019, Thierry was selected for a residency and group exhibition in Reykjavik, Iceland where his research on memory and material inspired changes that have effected this current work.
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