Christopher Adams

Artist’s Statement

I utilize biological concepts including speciation, convergence and mimicry to create sculptural works of organic abstraction. The sculptures suggest a variety of creatures, but not a specific organism. In the concept that drives my art making, a pioneering organism has entered an untapped environment, where it differentiates rapidly without departing too dramatically from its original form. The sculptures of porcelain, terra cotta, and stoneware are fired over a wide range of temperatures with a variety of glazes. In addition to making art, I work as a dermatologist. I pay attention therefore to skin surface in my art; and I utilize shiny, gnarly, and matte metallic finishes to evolve the skin surfaces.

Christopher Adams was born in Medford, MA in 1972. A ceramist most of his life, he also pursued his passion for science in college, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in organismic and evolutionary biology. During his time at Harvard, he was also artist-in-residence at their Ceramics Program. In 2004 he graduated from Columbia University of Physicians & Surgeons. He is a practicing dermatologist as well as an artist. His medical practice strongly influences his work. His solo exhibitions include: Garvey|Simon Art Access, Hosfelt Gallery, Ricco Maresca, Greenwich House (all New York), and Harvard University. He is represented in New York by Garvey|Simon Art Access.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the editor of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of eight books and chapbooks, including This Visit (Blazevox, 2015), How to be Another (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014). Her ninth book, Heisenberg’s Salon, is available now for pre-order from Blazevox. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, and Verse Daily.