Ceramics, Old Friends, and 6 Inch Fears: An Interview with Lorien Stern

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Lorien Stern’s ceramic practice began as an exercise to deal with death, but you wouldn’t know it from her works’ bright, electric hues. The Mojave Desert-based artist often remarks that she wants to make people happy through her work, creating silly sharks, friendly ghosts, goofy snakes, or other quirky animals typically perceived as dangerous or scary. For her solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary, Stern has created a cast of “Old Friends”: dinosaurs and other plants and animals from prehistoric times in her signature style. Stern talks about her love of ceramics, being inspired by prehistory, and how she hopes to overcome her own fears and inspire bravery in others.

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