About Me

Hey Everyone! I am Bianca Del Cioppo and I am in love with art!

I am currently a student at Sierra Nevada College in beautiful Lake Tahoe. I am working towards my BFA in ceramics. I am relatively new to the ceramic art world, but I am quickly making up ground and filling every moment of my life with art shows, conventions, ceramics history and time in the studio. This blog is just a collection of what I make, what I see and things that peek my interest in the art world. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Work from Spring 2012

NCECA 2012


The human figure with the head of an animal is representative of the relationship between humans and the natural environment and its creatures.  This connection is fortified through the figural likeness to male and female human forms. The human likeness is a definitive reminder that we (humans) are no more than a species inhabiting the same planet as these creatures. 
The figurines are representative of native species which are part of the regional ecosystem; they stand juxtaposed to a human made object: concrete, glass, steel, vehicles, and humans; Seattle.   This can be viewed as a symbolic gesture suggesting the potential for an answer to the encroachment and plundering of humans upon the natural environment through technology and knowledge.  This juxtaposition is also a symbolic of an irony; that these objects are the very man-made objects and inventions which lead to the creature’s peril.
This relationship between the ceramic material from which the effigies are constructed and their ethereal counterpart, the environment, becomes apparent through their degradation by the erosive weathering processes of nature.  In this way the raw clay bodies show the fragility and vulnerability of species under the pressure of mankind.  In this way the effigies stand in gesture of submission to the surrounding metropolis. They are diminutive to further represent their present status in the current order of the industrial complex.
  This body of work focuses on the relationship between human impact on the landscape and the preceding environmental consequences beginning with the destruction and disappearance of the habitats of native animals.  This installation considers the present course of human evolution and its detrimental impacts upon the land and natural environments.

                                                                                                          Written by Karl Schwiesow
Creative Team 

 Karl Schwiesow,  Amanda Dabel,  Bianca Del Cioppo,  Molly Allen,  Heath Pierson,  Marvin Blake,  Shannon O'leary,  Flor Widmar  and  Evan Cook