Vacissitude, ceramic, 20x25x19 in
Luscious, ceramic, 9x25x24 in
Velvet Aboration, ceramic, 6x13x10 in
Metamorphosis, ceramic, 9x24x13 in
Entwine, wood fired ceramic, 6x7x6 in
Hunter Stamps' psychologically charged forms communicate an abject and fragmented aspect of the human condition, investigating how the mind continuously recreates a sense of history and self. He manipulates, abstracts, and conceptualizes the body’s material and psychological reality. Each sculpture seduces and engages the viewer with rich temporal surfaces and organic formal abstractions that trigger meditation on the mutability of the mind and body.
Using visual references such as cropped figurative photographs, scientific medical displays, and other images of contortion, deformity and fluidity, Hunter employs a vocabulary of reference to the body’s physicality without any literal details.
Physically, Hunter's ceramic process exploits the malleability of clay and its tendency to convey the elasticity and muscularity of the body. The forms themselves are often thrown on the wheel, altered and then combined to achieve the desired changing repetition of form. Surface treatments range from specially formulated low-fire glazes to atmospheric firings to mixed-media rubber, encaustic and resin applications. The exteriors are often intentionally irregular and penetrative, creating a temporal experience of the body that is at once internal and external.
Hunter Stamps is an artist and Associate Professor of Ceramic Sculpture at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington, and his B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina in Asheville. Previously, Hunter has taught at the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Arkansas - Little Rock, and the University of Alaska. His work has been published and exhibited across the nation as well as China, Germany, Austria, Croatia and Spain.
Fascinated with kiln technology, Hunter has constructed several soda, salt, wood and waste vegetable oil burning kilns over the years. Hunter and Markus Urbanik led in the construction of the catenary arch wood kiln at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in New Castle, Maine. During the summer of 2012, Hunter led students in the construction of a wood-burning anagama kiln at the University of Kentucky. Additionally, he has conducted numerous workshops and participated in several residencies at places such as Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana.