For HOT MESS, Samantha Albert will be presenting work from The Shape of a Void (and its surface) body of work, along with A Wide Halo Circles the Full Moon.
The Shape of a Void (and its surface) is an ongoing project that reflects upon construction site aesthetic, archaeological sites, and quarries. A Wide Halo Circles the Full Moon was made and fired in a bourry box wood kiln over a period of 24 hours at the Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark. During the firing, a natural phenomenon occurred in which a bright ring circled the full moon, unexpectedly mimicking a sculpture being fired within the kiln. A 22° halo, as it is called, forms as moonlight is refracted by millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.
Samantha Albert’s approach is driven by material processes and matter: from the minerals beneath our feet and the objects we surround ourselves with, to the stuff of the cosmos. Her practice embraces raw clay and the ceramic process while channeling ancient and elemental forms. New surfaces are created; some shine like a mirror while others offer no clue to the whereabouts of their origin.
The Shape of a Void (and its surface) II, 2020
40 x 50 x 27 cm
The Shape of a Void (and its surface) III, 2020
Ceramic with terra sigillata
40 x 38 x 38 cm
A Wide Halo Circles the Full Moon, 2021