My current work focuses on the perceptions drawn from surrounding environments, -scapes, and spaces of personal influence to present new arrangements of known architectural and natural components. These works represent the dwellings where my memories reside, where my mind often drifts, and where I can pin point lingering changes in myself. Beginning with a foundation of pattern creates a sense of equilibrium and grounding on which to build these unsettling landscapes. Ceramic multiples that reference natural patterns combine with paintings that are made up of multiple physical places to construct a mysterious realm of possibility. The paintings become an invitation into another place or a window into another world. The corresponding ceramic installations embody objects from the paintings, providing tangible indications of this other world. Together, the painting and ceramic works tempt the viewer with a sense of wonder to consider their own dwelling and the foundations of their surrounding environment.
Savanna LaBauve is a Baton Rouge native currently finishing her BFA degree at Louisiana State University, concentrating in ceramic and painting. Growing up in her parents’ retail store, Lezárd Rouge, Savanna was always surrounded by artists and their creative endeavors. That creative stimulus led her to fall in love with art at a young age. Throughout her primary and secondary schooling, she developed a love for drawing and painting. It was not until college, when she was exposed to sculpture and ceramics, that she found her passion for three dimensional works. While at LSU, Savanna sought out unique opportunities, such as: Printmaking in Florence program where she spent one month studying printmaking with LSU faculty, the National Student Exchange Program which took her to University of Hawaii for one year where she was instructed by Shawn Spangler, and craft school workshops to learn from practicing artists. After completing her studies in May 2017, she will be attending Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN as an educational assistant for seven weeks. Savanna also just received a scholarship to enroll in a workshop at Anderson Ranch this coming August.