Current Artists-In-Residence

Nicolle LaMere

Clay

 Nicolle LaMere is on a journey to know cosmos. LaMere works with ceramics and elemental materials to create sculptural objects and installations. Ideas pertaining to existence take the form of spheres and voids, via vessels. LaMere primarily works with molds and slip-dipped burnable materials. While in residence at HCCC, LaMere plans to spend her time expanding her current body of work, as well as exploring the utilization of translucent porcelain and lithophane techniques to create illuminated spaces expressing the divinity of environment.

LaMere spent her first 25 years in southern Wisconsin, on the fringe of suburbia and farmland. Having received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2011), LaMere relocated to Lubbock, Texas, in 2014, to complete her MFA from Texas Tech University (2017). After graduation, she participated in the Land Art of the American West program, traveling over 6,000 miles and camping throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. LaMere has completed multiple technical ceramic research grants, the most recent being the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship (2015). LaMere is currently an art instructor at Art League Houston and maintains a studio at Box13 ArtSpace in Houston. To learn more about her work, visit www.nicollelamere.com.

Nicolle’s residency is generously underwritten by Sara and Bill Morgan.

Abi Ogle

Fiber

Abi Ogle is a fiber and installation artist who grew up in many of the Southern United States. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2D and 3D art from Covenant College (2018) and has attended artist residencies across the United States and France. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in several states.

Abi’s practice is rooted in the beliefs that materials matter, the influence of art history is in everything we see and do, and that art really can make you more human. Through using recognizable fiber mediums, such as discarded clothing, found objects, or human hair, her practice often transforms something familiar into something strange, giving it new meaning as well as new life. Her most recent body of work is focused on narratives of memory, grief, and loss. While at HCCC, she hopes to further explore the desire and repulsion narrative by creating installation work related to the human body that is initially beautiful in form but becomes increasingly grotesque as the viewer realizes the materials used.

To learn more about Abi, visit https://aogleart.com.

Abi’s residency is generously underwritten by Phyllis Childress.

Brian Vu

Clay

 Brian Vu is a multidisciplinary artist born in North Texas. His approach to ceramics addresses the coexistence of the semi-permanent and the ephemeral, as well as the improvisation of memory with the mundane and domestic. He works in a wide variety of mediums, such as ceramic sculpture, dance performance, painting, and impermanent installation, to explore these themes. Minimalism, color, and taking up large volumes of space are motifs that he uses to frame his work.

In his current work, Brian is creating and utilizing ceramic props or stand-ins that reference the domestic household and the daily functions performed within those spaces. He is particularly interested in rectilinear spaces, which are associated with anthropology, aesthetic, function, space, and architecture, and with the relationships he creates between the ceramic object and the rectangle.

Brian holds a BA with a concentration in ceramics and contemporary dance from Bennington College and a MA in ceramics from Cranbook Academy of Art, where he studied under Ian McDonald. Brian was nominated for the Emerging Artist Award and received the New Beginnings Award from Cranbrook and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. In the summer of 2018, Brian was the artist-in-residence at Locust Projects in the Miami Design District and exhibited lung tone_ mirror print_, a solo show merging both clay and dance performance.

Brian’s residency is generously underwritten by Leslie and Brad Bucher.

Portrait by Jonathan Barber