My works focus is to explore the response of the individual to the ever changing social and environmental conditions that society and life present. I use the human figure as a platform to investigate the myriad ways in which humans react to these challenges. Rooted in the desire to master the ceramic materials potential to mimic rigid and fluid objects, I investigate the narrative possibilities presented when portraying figures interacting with common materials in unusual ways.
By juxtaposing articles of clothing, and fabric I attempt to assign new meaning to these materials through their interaction. There is a childlike element of play involved in these scenarios and I am fascinated by the way our relationship to the concept of “make believe” changes as we mature into adults. Adult society has a way of guiding our decisions when it comes to presenting ourselves to the world, and often times our self expression can be concealed by insecurity. I’m fascinated by this aspect of cultural assimilation through upbringing and how it raises questions of our relationship to the natural would.
Kevin Rohde is an artist and sculptor living in Baltimore, MD. He is the recipient of numerous artist fellowships including the Fogelberg Fellowship (2012-13) at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN, the Lormina Salter Fellowship (2013-14) at Baltimore Clayworks, and most recently received a Nyburg grant to travel to Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan as Artist in Residence in the summer of 2016.
Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Keystone College in Pennsylvania and his Master of Fine Arts from Edinboro University. He has taught workshops at institutions including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts(TN), Idyllwild Arts (CA) Peters Valley School of Craft (PA), Santa Fe Clay (NM), and universities such as Towson University in Towson, MD, George Washington University in Washington, DC and Hood College in Frederick, MD. Kevin is currently the Artist and Children’s Program Director at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, MD.