Craft, at its core, is the ability to shape the world around oneself by bending material and process to ones’s will. In the same way artisans craft physical objects, we as human beings craft our identities and relationships with one another in an effort to make connections and to find meaning. Inspired by Minimalist art of the 60’s and 70’s, my work explores traditional craft skills such as weaving and felting in conjunction with modern technology and industrial methods of production. I am interested in the intersections between ancient and modern notions of craft and art and what it means to be an independent object maker in contemporary times.
Chase Ford is an interdisciplinary artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Interested in both hand and industrial processes, he works with a wide range of materials including fiber, LED lights, steel, and ceramics to create work that addresses concepts of identity, community, and the intricacies of the relationships we have with ourselves, our environment, and others.