In her ceramic forms, Atlanta-based figurative sculptor Corran Shrimpton examines the complicated and fraught relationship that she and many women/femmes have with their body in a beauty-obsessed culture.
Artist: Shrimpton is from Syracuse, NY, and received her BFA with a minor in philosophy from Alfred University. She is currently an MFA candidate and Welch Fellow at Georgia State University living and working in Atlanta, GA.
Studio: Corran currently works out of her studio at Georgia State University where she is pursuing an MFA.
Art & materials: Abstracted representations of women/femme bodies. Most of her work is based in clay, but the ceramic sculptures become canvases for surface imagery and opportunities for interactions with different materials.
What’s popular: Larger and more complicated figurative sculptures ($1,000 to $4,000).
Other favorites: Smaller sculptures and functional objects, such as her body pots ($100).
Process: Hand building, mold making, wheel throwing, sewing and welding.
Favorite tools: Xiem sgrafitto and detailing tools.
Fun or special commissions: Recently made a necklace for someone made up of ceramic fried eggs.
Recent awards/honors: Received a Merit Award for her sculpture at the 2023 ArtFields art competition and festival in Lake City, SC. The colorful piece was purchased by the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University.
Recent project: Working on a piece that explores the pressure to be smaller and the fixation/monitoring of one’s own body. This piece includes symbols from clothing/fashion, such as zippers, buttons and lacing, which squeeze and squish the body.
- Open art studios Oct. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University during Atlanta Art Week, Oct. 2-8. Meet Shrimpton in her studio that is filled with finished and works in progress. She will also have some small works for sale.
- Her thesis exhibition will also be at GSU in April (date TBD).
Where to buy: etsy.com/shop/Corralien
- Instagram: @corralien