Interview with an Artist: Vanessa Potier

by Michele Butler

A Tampa native, Vanessa Potier studied at UCF and works with sculpting and ceramics to make pieces that are all at once beautiful and bizarre.

I got a chance to speak with Vanessa and she talked to me about her materials, inspirations and the future of her work.

You recently participated in the UCF BFA show. Can you tell us more about that experience?

The UCF BFA show was a great experience for exiting students that wish to pursue the contemporary art world. The exhibition was made possible by the students that participated and exhibited their works from that Spring semester. It was a collaborative effort that required different skill sets from everyone in order to make the event possible. My works received a positive response overall, so I was content.

Your work has the most interesting textures, how do you choose your materials?

[The] materials I choose now have evolved over time. Being a sculptor, I’ve experimented with multiple materials to achieve my most recent body of work. I like textures that read round and supple, so I choose my materials based on that idea.

Vanessa Potier

Are you inspired by any particular artist or idea?

Yes, I am inspired by a lot of women artists. Louise Bourgeois, Janine Antoni, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Lynda Benglis and Valerie Zimany.

What do you think the unconventional beauty of your art communicates to your viewer?

People have different perceptions of what beauty is. My work is sometimes read as beautiful. Other times people read it as alien-like creatures. It comes with the territory of creating abstract works. I get responses that range from one extreme to the other. It helps to balance me when starting the process of a new piece.

What are you working on now?

Now I’m making these vibrant, colorful plants with a few budding leaves, or thorns that are in some instances representational of coral. They are no larger than one foot. Strictly decorative. I’m working on a smaller scale in hopes of people wanting to purchase these petite sculptures.

Vanessa Potier

Purple Coral

If you would like to stay updated on Vanessa Potier, you can find her on Facebook.

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