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Richard W. James
University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS
Faculty Sponsor: John Hachmeister

Peter to Pay Paul
Earthenware, vinyl, tar, string, tape, scale, stuffing
71 x 41 x 28 inches
Photo Credit: Aaron Paden -

Artist Statement

I have always struggled to navigate between pride in my rural heritage and the need to distance myself from it. To better understand the "soup" in which I was stewed, I incorporate materials and processes associated with rural poverty. Mending clothes and constructing dwellings represent the feminine and masculine aspects of my upbringing, while clay stands for me. Inconsistencies between how we see ourselves and how we would like others to see us can lead to different versions of truth and history.