Ceramics Today - Justin Novak
American ceramic sculptor.
American ceramist Justin Novak received a BFA in Communications Design (Illustration) from the Pratt Institute, New York in 1983 and an MFA in 1996 from the State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz, where he taught from 1997-2000.
He has been Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oregon, Eugene since 2000.
was an invited artist-in-residence at the International Ceramic Center
in Skaelskor, Denmark in 2001 and at the Watershed Center
, Newcastle, Maine in 2003.
He has also been visiting guest artist at several institutions including the Parsons School of Design (2002), The Ohio State University (2003) and the Rhode Island School of Design (2003).
has won several awards and grants, among them an Oregon Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship in 2001 and a John Michael Kohler Arts Center residency award in 2004.
raku-fired expressive figurative sculpture navigates a fine line the between the tasteful and the grotesque, while subverting the historical genre of the figurine, e.g. with his
'disfigurine' series, in which physical wounds such as bruises and lacerations serve as metaphors for injury to self-esteem and other psychological harm.
Images and statement © Justin Novak
, http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~jnovak/, .