Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 92, 2013 Living in the Present- Arlene Shechet at Meissen Porcelain and Sikkema Jenkins- Article by Jan Garden Castro
Arlene Shechet’s sculptures in the show living in the Present, immediately reference mass, the absence of it and hollowness. Not only do the clay forms reference being hallow but they are built with hallow forming methods. Shechet considers the entire object to be sculpture, including methods of display such as a pedestal. All construction materials are carefully chosen and chosen for very specific reasons. Each sculpture seems to be built with the formula base plus and object on top. Even though the ceramic sculpture may personify, look like, or seem to reference other things, they are non-objective. The glazed surfaces are the result of extensive glaze material research and testing. She doesn’t just fire to a cone but to very specific degrees. The process of making is reflected within the work.