Fiona Waterstreet, wife to known artist John Alexander, has a uniquely artistic side of her own. The England native came to the United States to live in the 1980s. She will be showing her clay sculptures at The Drawing Room in East Hampton Friday, August 31, through September 30.
How did you become involved with The Drawing Room?
I couldn’t be more excited to be showing at The Drawing Room. Artists friends of mine whom I respect and admire have shown there over the years, which makes it even more special. Gallery owners, Emily and Victoria have been visiting me in New York over the past couple of years and this summer seemed like the right time to exhibit my work outside of my studio.
What inspired you to become an artist?
I began working in ceramics at Greenwich House Pottery in the city. For a long time, I worked primarily on the wheel but once I established my own studio a few years ago, I began to express myself in different ways. Sculpting was an extraordinary release from the limitations of the wheel.
I am self-taught, and I continue to be surprised by what a pair of hands can do with such a primitive substance, clay. I continue to work in both disciplines but I find myself focused more and more on sculpting.
My work is my passion. I consider it a gift to be able to get up in the morning and walk directly into my studio and put my hands on clay.
Tell us about where you grew up and how it molded who you are today.
I think spending part of every summer in Long Island surrounded by so many creative people, working in my garden and spending late afternoons on the beach informs one’s senses and, by osmosis, influences the creative process.
Do you have a place in particular where you escape to clear your mind?
I do yoga every day. It clears my mind like nothing else.
The Drawing Room is owned by Emily Goldstein and Victoria Munroe. It is located at 66 Newtown Lane in East Hampton and open Thursday through Monday, 11 AM to 5 PM and by appointment. Call 631-324-5016, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.drawingroom-gallery.com.