I love how the amorphous potentiality of clay mimics our bodies coming into being

Pilar Wiley

About the Artist


Los Angeles California-based artist Pilar Wiley (b. 1976) makes ceramic vessels that serve as canvases for her repeating patterns and pictorial imagery. Her surfaces express the idiosyncrasies of mark making, referencing global traditions of decorative abstraction, as well as shapes drawn from plant life and her childhood overseas. Influenced by the forms and techniques of West and South African pottery, Wiley advances a personal mythology through the repetitive ceramic process.

News and Notables
  • Exhibited at John Wolf Presents, 2021

  • Solo show, Whitesnake, Orthodox, 2019

  • Artist in Residence, Wexner Center for Art & Technology, 2009