AUGUST MENDEZ CERAMICS
August Mendez is a ceramicist and illustrator graduating from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with their bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art in December 2021. August has worked with clay since 2016, to create functional utilitarian stoneware and non-functional low-fire platters made in earthenware. August is also an illustrator and often applies imagery to their wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic forms. Their work functions as tender narratives in tribute to queer people of the past—who were not permitted to live authentically—through symbolic interrelationships between women and rabbits.
As a ceramicist and illustrator, I present conceptual overlaps between women and rabbits. I layer personal imagery with fantasy elements to allude the farming of rabbits to the mistreatment of queer women throughout time. My work is made in tribute to past and present members of my community who chose to live authentically.
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