Brian

Ramirez

MA Ceramics

The story of the genocidal conquest of the Americas was not written by indigenous people. Through my work I offer a contemporary view by challenging one-sided perspectives. As a Chicano and Angeleno, I seek to reclaim my indigenous consciousness by using Aztec and Mayan mythologies and their symbols throughout my ceramic objects. This becomes the framework though which I clarify misrepresented historical events and highlight Mexican and Californian history in a narrative way. Referencing ritualistic offerings, I display much of my work in a similar way to create a deeper connection to my culture. In the end I draw symbolic and cultural connections between past and present to gain a profound understanding of my indigenous heritage and the legacy of colonialism.

The Two Virgins, Series 2, 2021 Stoneware, Glaze, Underglaze, Decal

The Two Virgins, Series 2, 2021

Stoneware, glaze, underglaze, decal, 6.5” x 3” x 3”

two pumpkin shapes on top of each other with a golden crown, abstract shape on top

The Impregnation of Coatlicue, 2020

Stoneware, glaze, oxides, gold luster, 12.5” x 7.5” x 7.5”