Ianna Frisby

Artist Statement

As an artist with a penchant for learning, much of the work I make is about how I am processing a new idea or material. There are so many things in the world I want to know more about - a deeper dive if you will. So it's no wonder that I found myself mostly in the world of ceramics. Clay speaks to me on so many levels with its ties to history, technology, and geology. But sometimes inspiration requires me to go looking outside of my comfort zone and so I've learned to incorporate other mediums into my practice.​ Sometimes the work begins by finding a particular object at a thrift store. Other times, an idea will get worked out by creating a series or body of work akin to Andy Warhol. A goal of mine is to make work wonderful to view and experience. Whether it be enjoying the labor-intensive embroidering or perhaps finding a golden peach pit in public, my own artistic journey is full of multifarious pursuits of inspiration.


Ianna Nova Frisby teaches art at Sacramento City College and Sierra Community College while maintaining a studio at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, California. She received her BFA from Humboldt State University in 1998, an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005. She is the recipient of the Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, a founding member of the Art Advice Booth, and an NCECA sub-committee member.