Winston Wächter Fine Art (Seattle) is presenting Form Over Function, featuring ceramicists who push beyond traditional ceramic form and function to create innovative sculptures. Quite often when we hear the term “ceramics,” we think of a vase, a cup, a bowl. Today’s ceramicists are pushing far beyond the traditions of the medium and creating innovative forms, which happen to be made from clay. Selections by artists Andrew Casto, Steve Young Lee, Jeffry Mitchell, Zemer Peled, Kim Simonsson and Dirk Staschke demonstrate how diverse these sculptures can be.
Image: Zemer Peled, New Year’s Best Dream, 2015 / H18 X W15 X L13 inches / Porcelain shards, fired clay
Zemer Peled‘s work examines the beauty and brutality of the natural world. Her sculptural language is formed by her surrounding landscapes and nature, and engages with themes of memories, identity, and place. Her sculptures and installations consist of thousands of hand-crafted porcelain shards; a technique that yields a texture both delicate and severe. In some works, large scale-like ceramic pieces appear airy, delicate, and fluffy, as if one’s breath might break it. In others, Peled’s fragments are geometric barbs that mysteriously take on an alluring form – offering a sense of softness despite a sharp actuality.
Peled (b. 1983) was born and raised in a Kibbutz in the northern part of Israel. After completing her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Jerusalem), she earned her MA at the Royal College of Art (UK). In recent years, her work has been exhibited internationally, including such venues as Sotheby’s and Saatchi Gallery (London), Eretz Israel Museum (Tel Aviv), and the Orangerie du Senate (Paris), among others. The artist currently lives and works at the Archie Bray Foundation Residency (Helena, MT).
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