Nicole Cherubini

Published March 26, 2010 by Molly

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Nicole Cherubini’s sculptures are made of terracotta, porcelain, earthenware and other surfaces resulting from hand-built, thrown and molded processes. It looks old-school when viewed from afar, in other words, and totally (unexpectedly) contemporary when examined at close range. The artist started as a photographer but moved on to clay and has been working in the medium for years. “Clay and the vessel came to me as a complete conceptual tool for a discussion of lack and for an exploration of the decorative,” she’s said. Cherubini has also spoken about her interest in exploring the boundaries between two and three dimensions. (Cool.)

The artist draws on a wide-ringing but specific body of references in her work: the history of ceramics, Greek storage vessels, the artist’s Italian grandmother, the theorist Jacques Lacan, Hittite pots in Turkey, conceptual art of the 1970s and artists like Cindy Sherman, Robert Morris and Donald Judd. If you’re into abstractions and beautiful, complicated objects, she’s one to follow closely.

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