Arlene Shechet Zen Buddhist Ceramic Sculptures

New York-based multidisciplinary artist Arlene Shechet’s playful practice consistently pushes the boundaries of what sculpture can be. Across plaster, porcelain, clay, and paper, she has worked extensively in ceramics, crafting a visual language that breaks many of the medium’s given rules—for example, firing clay at odd temperatures, applying glaze where there should be paint, and incorporating kiln bricks into the armature of the sculpture itself.

She takes advantage of the inherent hollow nature of ceramics to produce astonishing, often lopsided objects that challenge gravity to hover on the brink of collapse. With their visceral texture and suggestive forms, Shechet’s works toe the line between the beautiful and the grotesque. Shechet often employs cast molds in her work, not only to give shape to her sculptures but also to record her process.

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