Watercolour and glaze on ceramic
51.43 x 40.32 x 5.7 cm
Courtesy the artist and China Art Objects, Los Angeles
Rachelle Sawatsky employs painting, drawing, ceramics and writing to explore internal narratives. This arresting piece from a recent series of ceramic works has received acclaim from critics and curators alike. Its smooth façade is balanced with tips steeped in muted, naturalistic shades of primary colours, and the asterisk shape suggests a form
Intriguingly, the soft hues of the ceramic bear traces of lived movement. An extension of Sawatsky’s painting practice, the sculpture has undergone two distinct processes. The first is a traditional glazing and firing. Then, Sawatsky immersed the clay in a pool of shallow, diluted paint, where it sat for an extended duration. As people moved around the bath, the water’s slight oscillations stained the ceramic surface. These sensitive materials thus chronicle the traces of fleeting encounters and experiences in a visceral way, exposing the limits of conventional narrative.
Rachelle Sawatsky (b. 1983, Richmond, BC) is an artist and writer who lives and works between Los Angeles and Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at China Art Objects, Night Gallery, Public Fiction, the Finley Gallery, Harmony Murphy Gallery and Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles; at Presentation House Gallery, SFU’s Audain Gallery, and Artspeak Gallery in Vancouver; at Or Berlin in Berlin; at Galerie Mezzanin in Vienna and at the Tate St. Ives in the UK. Her work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, C Magazine and Art Review. Sawatsky has an MFA from University of Southern California in Los Angeles (2013) and a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver (2005).