This stunning clay sculpture is from Susan Collett's recent Maze Series. The structure defies belief, and the glazing is subtle and masterful.
Toronto-based artist Susan Collett studied printmaking and ceramics at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is the winner of the Winifred Shantz Award and is a member of the IAC (International Academy of Ceramics) and RCA (Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts). While exhibiting throughout North America, Collett has also participated in several residencies: the Sanbao Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, 2003, and at the FULE International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, China, 2007. Her work can be found in numerous collections, including the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, The Four Seasons Hotel, Bata Shoe Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, and the Bank of Montreal.
"My full time studio practice includes clay sculpture and printmaking. The work derives from interest in the tension of strength against fragility and as I push the work towards the edge of physical collapse, this theme becomes more potent. The work is hand-built and sculptural in nature. The use of light interplay provides a perceived fragility explored through stacking and channeling of hand-built clay platelets. The sculptures are often turned, tilted, built upon and re-fired, investigating the strength required for negotiating the relation between our interior and exterior worlds. Heaving, disrupted, uprooted forms hover in the space between the solid and the fluid, the fissure between order and chaos, of fluidity and brittleness. " - Susan Collett