Paige Ward is a current BFA candidate in ceramics and sculpture at the University of Montana in Missoula. She has received her Associates of Visual Arts degree at the College of Southern Idaho in 2014. She has exhibited at the Archie Bray in Helena, Montana as well as in Montana’s State Capitol Building and in multiple campus galleries in 2015. Raised on a ranch in Idaho Paige found herself immersed in the domestic roles and expectations of women living rural lifestyles. Her installation work has a strong narrative in provoking the passing of time and memory in the human existence.
I’m interested in where I come from both physically and psychologically and how that has influenced me as a woman and as an artist. I’m fascinated with the transformation of place and identity that happens through having a family life and a career and how that may or may not shift through matrilineal lineage. I am interested in creating memories in the viewer through installation. By triggering multiple senses and constructing metaphor my work speaks to home as part of the feminine identity. I reach for these ideas through the use of symbolism in materials that relate to the feminine.