My art practice involves extensive research into historical objects, contemporary politics, and the threads that tie these together. While my work speaks for itself, each piece contains references and influences that may not be immediately explicit. Below, I've compiled some of my own writings and talks with a list of resources that may provide deeper insight into my work.

- Connor Czora


Practice Statement

"My work explores the relationships between imperial ceramics, cultural taste, and sociopolitical power structures in the United States. Tracing the history of Western decorative arts, my work interrogates how ideologies are embedded and perpetuated within cultural objects.

Frequently working in porcelain, I draw inspiration from baroque and rococo European and American ceramics. The extravagant forms, overglaze scenery, and delicate gilding of such pieces embody opulence and authority. In my practice, I juxtapose this luxury with the material struggles of the contemporary United States. Exploiting our cultural notion of the decorative as docile, I disarm viewers through ornament to foster discussions of sensitive subjects in communities that may ignore them otherwise. These motifs span from resistance to repressive governments and the commodification of protest movements to the social construction and performance of gender and class.

My methods of making often contrast traditional studio processes, such as wheel-throwing, with expanded media, such as digitally-fabricated ceramic decals. Through these productive disparities, my techniques further explore the thematic tensions that are created and exposed within my work.

Framing contemporary struggles for justice and equity through historical decorative aesthetics, I challenge our understanding of the past and our role in creating a more just future."

Capturing the Movement: DC Artists in Conversation

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
February 8, 2024

"What is the role of artists in civil rights movements? What movement stories can artists uniquely capture, and what tools do they call on to imagine new social futures? Join the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) for an artist panel discussion for CAH’s current exhibition, Legacy: Civil Rights at 60, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

Virtual Realism Artist Talks: Connor Czora and Anna Rotty

The Art History Babes
September 20, 2021

"Our next episode for the Art History Babes’ upcoming collaborative, online art show with National Monument Press: Virtual Realism features artists Connor Czora and Anna Rotty. They discuss their works in the show as well as their processes and how their art making was affected by the US political landscape of the last couple years."

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