And So They Stood by April Felipe

And So They Stood by April Felipe


Porcelain, underglaze, fabric, string.

“With ‘And So They Stood’ we see two figures standing facing each other in a large pile of roving hair on top of a pile of dripping pattern.

The piece’s colors and patterns are derived from historical floor patterns found in the Caribbean. These faux tile mosaics are a product of colonialism, used to showcase a European lineage while distancing from African and Native lineage. However the history of these tile patterns reveals that they are actually derived from Moroccan tiles. I am drawn to the fact that while striving to highlight European colonial ideals, these tiles are actually representative of our African histories.

The use of hair connects to our personal identies and to our lived histories. Thinking back to Victorian keepsakes that frequently included hair, the hair in the piece connects us to our familial past.

The figures in the piece - one smaller and one larger - stare at each other, thinking about how we sift through history, both personal and cultural, to construct ourselves.”

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About April D. Felipe

April Felipe was born in Queens, NY.  She received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University.  

April worked at Greenwich House Pottery, taught at Ohio State University and Ohio University. In 2017 she was named one of Ceramic Monthly’s Emerging Artist.  

April has participated in residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and the Archie Bray Foundation. 

April has set down roots in Albany, Ohio with a studio practice.  She currently works for the Dairy Barn Arts Center, teaching art in outreach programs to underserved children in Southeastern Ohio.