Brooke Cashion was born in Los Angeles County, California. She currently resides in Western New York where she is adjunct faculty and materials technician at Alfred University. Cashion received her BFA in ceramics from The University of the Pacific in 2010. From the central valley, she moved to Santa Cruz, CA where she worked as the studio technician at Cabrillo College. Cashion then located in Carbondale, Colorado for a year where she joined the collaborative workspace Studio for Arts and Works (S.A.W). She also worked at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and for Harvey Meadows Gallery (now Harvey Preston) and The Artstream Nomadic Gallery. Cashion was a post-bac student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and has an MFA from the NYSCC at Alfred University.
She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Colombia. Presently, Cashion’s studio practice focuses on the use of conventional components of ceramics to explore the fluidity of the material’s registration through function and sculptural modes. She toys with fixed categories mixing genres in her improvisational working style.
My ceramic vessels and sculptures strive to live up to the lyrical characteristics of clay. Often, I return to the basic components of clay building, like the coil and the slab, to explore the connections of material with nature and culture. The coil is all around and within us. It is the pipes, wires, and vessels that carry our energy, information, and waste. It connects one with the other. I use it as a building block but in recent work, the coil becomes subject or character, allowing for exploration of one form’s versatility.
I often think about the contemporary conditions of human consumption as it is inseparable from ceramics. I simultaneously hold absolute dread and delight of having the world at my fingertips. However, in the studio, the fingertips are the pathway to somewhere else. Taking apart the conventional components of clay and re-composing is one way that I ask questions about what it all boils down to and how something grows from there.
More information about Brooke can be found at: brookecashionstudio.com