For women artists, a tectonic and long-overdue shift has been taking place over the past decade. This movement has unleashed a historic recalibration for art history and, in turn, has opened the field to a richer and much-needed dialogue that seeks to include rather than restrict.
'Women in Clay' is our contribution to the conversation. The sculpture presented is part of the transformation and these artists are at the vanguard of this expanded field. Each artist included in this show has long been considered a ‘master,’ displaying a deep relationship and skillful command of her respected medium. This is an international collection that shows the broad range of artistic imagination, from the United States to Europe to Asia, through these four contemporary voices.
Aneta Regel’s living, metaphorical abstractions display a volcanic energy in which the elements of earth and fire combine and fuse new forms into being. Crushed granite, unglazed areas, and stone inclusions evoke her native Polish landscape as these almost-figurative constructions lean, recline, or stand up and squarely face us in vivid colors.
Montana-based Beth Cavener expertly sculpts figural works that seem to scream and sizzle with psychological resonance. With her unnerving twist, animals frozen in movement convey all-too-human emotions through expression and gesture. The figures hint at a narrative from some dark and as yet unwritten fairy tale with an ambiguity that invites audiences to draw their own conclusions.
Anne Marie Laureys’ undulating, twisting forms dance and writhe amongst the shadows they produce. These sensual sculptures seduce and guide the eye through abstracted, organic forms. We follow the undulating lines and turns along the bodies’ subtle colors, each new angle revealing a work in itself.
Japanese artist Katsuyo Aoki unearths and creates crisp, bone white skulls. Using the vocabulary of the Rococo, she creates objects that are defiantly contemporary and yet somehow familiar; archaic and present at the same time. Her modeling in white porcelain is exact, even precise, and the structural lines she creates extend, swirl, and draw the viewer inward.
Raw Power is in the medium, Raw Power is in its messengers!
Join us at Design Miami booth G/24 as we celebrate Women in Clay.