Teaching Scholar, Ceramics
Troy Aiken is a ceramic artist originally from Los Angeles California. In 2012 he earned his BFA in Ceramics from California State University Long Beach and his MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. From 2016 to 2018, Aiken lived and made work in St. Louis, Missouri where he taught ceramics at St. Louis Community College Forest Park and has exhibited nationally as well as internationally.
Previous exhibitions include: TAG Gallery Los Angeles, CALB Gallery Long Beach, AIR Vallauris France, Craft Alliance Center for Art and Design St. Louis, Intersect Arts Center, Art St. Louis Gallery, The Archie Bray Foundation, and St. Louis Community College Forest Park.
Aiken’s work seeks to investigate his research interests within the history of mass production and mold making within ceramics. It is an attempt to break traditional means of constructing, which allows him the ability to satisfy his curiosities with conflating the meaning, function, and decorative nature of these individual ceramic objects born from molds. Reproducing these objects from a range of histories in a contemporary setting allows them to metaphorically live “in the now” thereby becoming current. The clay articles taken from these molds come together as a single form, which exist on a plane where nonsense and meaningfulness come together. Aiken reflects on the work in terms of artifacts and or remnants of contemporary cultures left behind as they turn into amorphous objects existing through time, only to be unearthed in a possible dystopian future.
B.F.A., California State University, Long Beach
M.F.A., University of Notre Dame