Shechet’s modeled surfaces demonstrate how clay mirrors the artist’s touch. Her objects bear the mark and memory of her hands. The sculpture's bulges, hollows, spouts, and holes evoke bodily features, and as the artist notes, are “suggestive of the curving forms found in classical Indian sculpture.” By coating the clay with eccentric color combinations and metallic glazes — created with an experimental disregard for traditional firing temperatures — Shechet not only fractures the objects’ surfaces but also undermines any single association with nature. Seeming to expand and deflate like a breath, Shechet’s dynamic works continually transform, as they reappear anew moment by moment.
Throughout September, October, and November, Shechet worked in the Skidmore ceramic studios, discussing her artwork and holding individual and group classes with Intermediate, Advanced, and Independent study ceramic students. In conjunction with this Solomon Residency, Arlene Shechet's work was on display at the Tang Teaching Museum from September 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010 for the exhibition Opener 18 Arlene Shechet: Blow By Blow.
Artist Lecture with Arlene Shechet
September 23 - September 23, 2009, 7:30 pm
Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions
September 26 - September 26, 2009, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Tang Atrium
Curator's Tour: Arlene Shechet and Nicole Eisenman
October 13 - October 13, 2009, 12:00pm
With Ian Berry, Malloy Curator, Tang Museum
Tuesday, October 13, Noon