As a child, Cheyenne loved playing dress up in her Mema’s closet, developing characters and stories to accompany the outfits, and performing 25¢ living room matinees. Her affection for drama and theatricality continued into her adulthood, where she briefly studied theatre before pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics at Murray State University. Following undergraduate school, she worked as a studio potter and Montessori art teacher, collaborating with the school’s musical theatre program to build sets, props, and costumes for the annual production. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida, blending craft objects with video installations. Theatre and performance continue to influence the functional ceramic work she makes, with absurd narrative driving the context and development of the particular functions she explores. The scenarios she creates point to childhood assumptions about family, relationships, and expectations, ultimately illustrating universal human condition.
My work engages in subverting accepted and expected modes of feminine behavior by questioning the etiquette of the mundane. Much of my work places invented functional objects in a domestic context, and assigns sexually provocative implications to ordinary household routines. Paired with installation and interactive performance, my ceramic work re-contextualizes highly specific functional forms that have been forgotten, replaced, or improved upon by modern technology, generally to the aid of the modern homemaker. Centering on issues women regularly face regarding societal expectations, personal identity, and self-sacrifice, my work presents elements of craft, etiquette, and gender as seen through a sardonic lens. It is my intention, through this work, to both satirically illustrate the challenges I face as a woman and actively engage the viewer and participant to consider their role in perpetuating or shifting the dialogue around feminism today.