2021 MATTE RED SCULPTURE CLAY, UNGLAZED
SIZE: 9 1/2" Height x 11 1/2" Width (at widest)
Sculptor Kate Crassweller works primarily in hand-built ceramic to create biomorphic forms influenced by Modern sculpture and ritual objects. Her clay pieces are largely left unglazed, laying bare the indexical markings of her hands and the modulated surface quality innate to the raw material. Crassweller grew up in the UK and draws inspiration from the work of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, whose abstract shapes spoke to bodies in physical dialogue as well as in situ in landscape.
Acknowledging this inextricable link between sculpture and the human body, the artist uses eye-like negative spaces within her vessels to imply the viewer’s potential through-passage. Crassweller’s work also concerns itself with the often-gendered tensions between the fine and applied arts. She engaged other careers before focusing on artmaking, and this unrushed development and disinterest in mantles for their own sakes manifests in the work as calm assuredness and precise dynamism.
The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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