BFA “Virtual” Exhibition
Thank you for visiting the page I have created to share images of my BFA Exhibition. This represents a culmination of my time at Colorado State University where I graduated with my BFA in Sculpture and Pottery in May 2020. Due to Covid-19 I was unable to have an opening or viewing of this work. While I wish all of you could have seen this work in person, I was grateful to be able to set up and photograph these pieces for you to view from a distance.
– Kailee Bosch
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My practice as a maker began at the lathe. As a child, working in my fathers studio, I learned to make small functional objects: spinning tops, bowls, and the like. I grew up making and thinking about round wooden objects.
While this history of woodworking is it at my core, I have expanded my vocabulary of materials and processes. In this body of work, I am focusing on three materials: wood, clay and bronze. I’m interested in wood for its continual push at precision, movable only with the right technique and tools. Clay is different. It is extremely pliable with the ability for endless additions and subtractions. It can be manipulated with the simple touch of my hand. Bronze, has another character. It is not easily moveable in its solid form, but when heated it transforms into a beautiful, viscous liquid that can be cast into endless shapes.
Each of these materials is important, as are the process, craft and craftsmanship that give them form. I make both functional objects and speculative designs, playfully and with precision and rigor. I am interested in parts that make up a larger whole, connections, modules and systems. I think about the advantages and disadvantages of a given way of working, how the process gives shape to formal elements. I am seeking an interplay between traditional ways of making that value the hand and newer technologies that allow for precision, and repeatability.
I am inspired by the Bauhaus, ideas of everyday design tied to craftsmanship and functionality. Works such as Marcel Breuer’s tubular steel furniture influence and inform my practice.
Each of my works rely on both my hand as the maker, alongside a range of tools and machinery: computer controlled machining and 3D printed connections – the marks of each of these processes are recorded in the work. The result is a variety lines, layers and textures, as the hand turned wooden spindles, bronze cast connections, and cut and manipulated clay pieces, each display marks of the maker.
Space and installation are also important; the interaction of objects with their surroundings. My designs respond to architecture and the body.
My works build and reflect upon each other, with each material, process, and piece informing the next.
Thank you to Del Harrow for offering his space and time to allow me to have an exhibition and document the work.