“What separates human from animal? What borders exist between the real and the imagined, the beautiful and the repugnant, the living and the dying, the creator and the made?” asks Lindsay Pichaske.
With a plethora of teaching experiences under her belt, Pichaske has inspired dozens of ceramic students at such venues as the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore; the College of Southern Maryland, at La Plata; the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., among others. She herself was a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (BFA) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (MFA).
Pichaske’s creatures are simultaneously bizarre and beautiful, with their skins adorned in fir, sequins, seeds and other items one wouldn’t necessarily consider an obvious “fit” for clay. Material and process are clearly paramount in her animal sculptures. She says, “I spend endless hours stroking hair onto their backs, arranging the fur on their heads, looking into their eyes to make sure they are just right. My process is a labor of love, as I give impossibly slow birth to each one, and they, in turn, develop lives of their own.”