Crista Ann Ames

Crista Ann Ames is a ceramic and mixed media sculptor. Through the layering mythological and contemporary iconography Crista questions familiar feminine tropes in art and art history. The sculptures she creates re-examines classic sculpture while re-imagining historic narratives and symbolism. Raised on a small hobby farm in Washington State, Crista often draws on her own experiences when exploring pastoral life and the gap between myth and lived experience, resulting in altogether new stories and feminine monuments that tell contemporary truths of trauma, joy, and womanhood.

Crista attended Washington State University where she obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics with a minor in Art History and Disability Studies. While receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana Crista began studying dance and movement to help inform the way she sculpts the figure. She has been an artist in residence and exhibited at A.I.R. Valluaris in France, Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Santa Fe Art Institute, Red Lodge Clay Center and Gallery One Visual Arts Center. Crista is currently a studio artist living in Ellensburg, Washington.

ceramic stoneware, 16 x 14 x 14 inches

Venus de Mama
ceramic stoneware, 5 x 2 x 2.5 feet

Chrome Dome
ceramic stoneware, 2.75 x 2 x 2 feet