Enrich your experience of Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara by hearing from the artist herself. Porter Lara discusses the trip that inspired the work, as well as her philosophy of making.
Hear the curator introduce Jami Porter Lara’s striking sculptures.
Virginia Treanor, associate curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Hear from the Artist
Hear how the U.S.-Mexico border inspired Porter Lara’s two-liter bottle shapes.
Artwork referenced: JMS-MHB-2LBR-0913CE-03, 2013, pit-fired clay; On loan from Kenji Kondo
“Container for ideas”
Hear Porter Lara reflect on vessels meant to hold ideas, rather than substances.
Artwork referenced: LDS-MHB-KABR-0316CE-01, 2016, pit-fired clay; On loan from the collection of Scott Allocco and Douglas Clark
Hear Porter Lara discuss the mystery of non-functional vessels.
Artwork referenced: LDS-MHB-DBBR-0316CE-01, 2016, pit-fired clay; On loan from Gwyn Metz
Hear Porter Lara shake a sculpture with a rattle inside.
Artwork referenced: Go On Now, 2016, pit-fired clay; courtesy Central Features Contemporary Art
Hear Porter Lara explore ideas about hybridity and mutancy.
Artwork referenced: MHB-6SBR-0916CE-01, 2016, pit-fired clay; Museum purchase: Members’ Acquisition Fund
Making it Manifest
Hear how Porter Lara employed visual thinking to create her artist statement.
Artwork referenced: Making it Manifest, 2014; Reproduction of original drawing
“Piece of fruit”
Hear how Porter Lara emphasizes organic forms in some of her work.
Artwork referenced: LDS-MHB-LPBR-0416CE-01, 2016, pit-fired clay; On loan from Emilie Porter-Rand and Marc Basiliere
Hear about the Pueblo pottery that inspired the shape of this work.
Artwork referenced: LDS-MHB-WVBR-0416CE-08, 2016, pit-fired clay; On loan from Debra Baxter