Meet the Artist
About This Artist
Ian M. Petrie graduated with a BFA from the University of Minnesota. He was selected for the Northern Clay Center’s Fogelberg Residency in 2013 and as a Resident Artist at the Worcester Center for Crafts in 2016-18. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Ian spends his time making pots when he is sick of the soul-crushing neatness of paper/ink, and drawing comics when he can no longer stand the sight of an endless barrage of dinnerware.
Q&A With This Artist
A: My work is a combination of three different art media: comics, screenprinting, and pottery. I begin by drawing illustrations and narratives inspired by everyday life, experiences both personal and entirely made-up. These images are then taken through a screenprint process and printed with a homemade ceramic ink onto newsprint. Finally the prints are applied onto handmade pottery forms to create narrative, functional pottery.
A: I find the intersection between pottery and comics to be extremely satisfying and effective. In the studio I have the advantage of always having something fresh to focus on if I become burnt out working in one medium. On the finished pieces I feel that the tactility and interactivity of pottery lends itself well to the emotional investment afforded by narrative artwork.
A: On some of my pieces, I utilize gold luster to intentionally censor part of the drawing. Through abrasion, whether it is a few minutes of hard scrubbing or months of consistent use, the luster fades and eventually the entire image is revealed. But if one would like to preserve the beauty of the luster, they must content themselves with never knowing what is hidden beneath.
A: In many ways I consider my work to be a narrative prompt for the viewer. My stories have no distinct "ending", so I encourage you to ponder and wonder about possible endings to the story while you sip your morning cup of coffee or take a break from work to eat lunch.
A: My partner and fellow artist Amira Pualwan is always quick with some encouragement or a reality check when I bite off more than I can chew. As a printmaker herself, she has been largely influential in my shifting to use screenprinting in my artwork, and is a wealth of knowledge when I frequently bungle the printing process.
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