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Margaret Keelan (1948, Canada/USA)

Cheek to Cheek
2011
Ceramic; ht. 19, wd. 9.5, dp. 7 in.

Keelan plays exquisitely with clay’s mimetic possibilities, when it emerges from the kiln it seems to owe more to wood than ceramics. The artist herself states, “My sculptures have been glazed, stained, fired, then glazed, stained and fired again to give the surfaces the look of disintegrating paint over weathered wood. This softening and reduction of form so that its essential nature is revealed is a metaphor I am using for life being lived, my exploration of the process of growing up and growing older." Although the artist’s figures echo contemporary concerns, the borrowing of earlier styles “gives them more of an ageless quality.” The mixture on nostalgia and incongruity becomes a heady mixture in her hands.

References:
Schwartz, Judith. Confrontational Ceramics. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

Provenance:Private Collection. Acquired directly from the Artist.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,200
10/29/2012

 

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