This time the ceramicist of the month is Cecil Kemperink, a Dutch artist who uses ceramics as her medium of expression.
Cecil was fascinated by art from a very young age and started to study fashion but soon realized she needed a discipline that would allow her to experiment with a broader range of materials. So, she switched to visual arts. In her work, I do see a connection with her first passion, fashion. The sculptures, made of clay, are delicate chain sheets made of hundreds of connected loops. However, the first impression when you see her work, is that you are looking at something textile, following a particular woven technique.
Today Kemperink’s work centers around the idea of connecting rhythm, form, movement, energy, and sound. Each sculpture is made of long chains of clay, which make the sculptures malleable, hulking as well as fragile. The sculptures can change shape as the interconnected circles move around, also while altering the shape, the friction between the parts creates a unique sound.
The latter is the fascinating part of Cecil’s work that seems to challenge the very idea of sculptures that most of the time is static, and one cannot interact with them. On the contrary, the viewer can put in motion Cecil’s sculptures, and the interaction will create unique sounds. You can visit her Instagram page, where she continually puts videos of the process, and the sound can be appreciated.
Motion is a key part of the expressiveness of my sculptures. The movements show the importance of each circle of the object. Every ring is essential and influences the other: because they are all connected. Moving the sculptures leads to an ongoing change in shape, space, sound, and feeling.”- Cecil Kemperink
Photography: Courtesy of Korean Ceramic Foundation.
Photography: Courtesy of Cecil Kemperink.
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