With consideration to the mysteries surrounding the mythological, the alchemical and the occult, as well as referencing fantasy and science fiction narratives and speculations, my artwork is based in a formal practice of accepting the unknown, the incomprehensible as well as the absurd. In todays insatiable quest for information at instantaneous touch, I prefer not to know the answers. I choose instead to stay bewildered and approach making experimentally, daring myself to make something ignorant. Within that mentality, I believe it is important to continue the human need to explore what is possible, to relinquish certainty in exchange for vulnerability. Rendering form as an amorphous solid, my work is a record of my physical presence with material. When swishing and smearing, poking and clawing, I am making the decision to stay mentally connected to this physical realm, however ambiguous that may feel at times. Hands-on interpretation helps me to consider the total state of things as they exist in the world today, as they will always be in a state of change, adaptation and evolution.
— Jason Starin
Jason Lee Starin received his MFA in Applied Craft and Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2011, and his BFA in Ceramics from Grand Valley State University in 1999. Currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. Starin is the Ceramic Shop Supervisor for The University of the Arts as well as a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio.