Carmen Ostermann Summer Artist-in-Residence
Carmen Ostermann Summer Artist-in-Residence
Programs

Artist-in-Residence

Carmen Ostermann
Programs

Artist-in-Residence

Carmen Ostermann

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am an artist whose work juxtaposes the beauty of the environment and the harm being inflicted upon it. Using clay, I build ornate depictions of birds being consumed by ecological succession from their habitats. I carve every feather, bill, and talon. I then engulf the birds with nodes that sprout and spread on their surfaces. The nodes are inspired by the ecological succession made up of flora, foliage, fungi and coral from the habitats of the selected species. The growths pull down the birds paralleling the traumatic weight of environmental destruction, suspending them in a state of being devoured.  The surfaces of the birds are an alabaster colour. All chroma has been drained from them, foretelling an ode of what may come to pass. The labor intensive nature of the work is a reciprocal offering of my time to the natural world. By building meticulously delicate sculptures I create space for contemplation about our relationship with the environment. Through using clay, a material that stops and survives time, I ask the audience to observe acts of annihilation and question what is worth preserving. 

BIO

Carmen Ostermann (b. 1992 Edgeood, Kentucky) is a ine artist who was raised in the United States, Canada, Japan, and the Philippines.  In 2015, she received her BFA in ceramics and sculpture at the University of Cincinnati.  Afterwards she taught at the School for Creatie and Performing Arts, Stivers School for the Arts and A+ Children's Academy.  Ostermann is the recipient of the Wolfstein Travel Fellowship (Frankfurt, Germany), the Margaret L. gongaware Scholarship, and the Windgate Scholarship. She completed her MFA at the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2022.  Her work has been featured in the Ohio Craft Museum, The Beeler Gallery, and the Bridge Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. 

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@carmenmakerstudio

BIRD NEST FREE COMMUNITY ART PROJECT 
SUNDAYS: JULY 17, 31 AND AUGUST 7, 14, 21

1PM-3PM

Join Carmen on Sundays and help create a collaborative portrait of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center's natural landscape in the form of bird's nests. Carmen will teach you how to build nests using clay and plant materials.  After constructing the nests participants will dip them in slip (a liquid clay used for casting). This will completely encapsulate the nests in clay keeping the plant form and elegant details intact.  The next step is fire all the nests (off site) and install them as a wall piece that will remain at the center. 

You can also take home a clay nest from Carmen's collection!

Contact Sandy Libertini for more information on Art at Audubon.

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