The skin of appearance

Published: 29.01.20

Clay rocks! also occasionally unicorns

“Exploratory work is intellectually seductive, it provokes new understandings and triggers fresh critical strategies” (JO DAHN, New Directions in Ceramics)

The skin of appearance is intended as a playful and exploratory exercise concerning the transformation of ceramic clay from an aseptic, cold material to one which is ‘human’ and warm, like human skin.

The exhibition seeks to explore and challenge the versatility of ceramics as a creative medium: being universal and unique, sustainable and enduring, this material encompasses poetry, narrative, fiction and complexity.

Trusting the process without being overly concerned about the outcome is a playful approach that leads to curiosity and intrigue. The innocent yet sophisticated nature of the pieces brings a dynamic approach to ceramics. The surrealistic forms are playful structures, made using a mixture of organic and geometric forms that are dynamic and compelling.

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Delia Maxim was born in 1981, Romania. At present, she lives and works in Friedrichshafen, Germany and Baia Mare, Romania. After graduating from the Ceramics Department at the University of Art and Design Cluj Napoca, Romania, in 2014, she participated in several symposia and competitions in China (2019), Thailand (2018), Tunisia (2017) and Latvia (2015) and in art residencies in Germany (2017) and Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia (2019). Her notable recent solo shows are “6exi”, Thessaloniki, Greece (2018) and “Fantastic properties”, Manuars, Ravensburg, Germany (2015). In 2018, she organised the first edition of M.I.C.A.S. Maramures International Ceramic Art Symposium in Baia Mare, Romania.