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Whitney White is a Southern artist who was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Pensacola, Florida. Growing up in the Panhandle of the state, she was brought up with traditional Southern customs that have driven her influences in art. She moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 2003 to attend the University of Mississippi where she pursued and earned her B.F.A. in sculpture. After completing her bachelors in 2008 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2009 to pursue her masters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She graduated in 2013 with an MFA in sculpture. After graduating from SCAD, she began her career as a scenic artist in Atlanta, GA with a fabrication company where she fabricated props and scenery for wildlife museums, nature centers, Six Flags- California & Houston Space Center (NASA). She joined the motion picture union, IATSE Local 479 in Georgia in 2013 and began her brief career as an on set scenic artist. She got her start at Tyler Perry Studios and worked on many other productions in Georgia such as ABC’s Resurrection, Devious Maids and Red Band Society. She moved to St. Louis during August of 2017. She is currently a member, student and dedicated ceramic artist at the Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design.
My work is influenced by how luxury is imposed on American culture. It affects our societies psychologically, emotionally and physically. In ceramics, my history with this research has influenced my exploration of inviting forms, visual elegance and the types of functional objects I make. I take a classical approach to my porcelain pieces while also infusing them with illustrative sensibility. Lines, curves, gesture and blushes of color mimic that of floral elements. Glossy, transparent glazes yield a high polish patina, similar to that found on heirloom ceramics. I strive to create an experience with in each piece that is accommodating yet unconventional.