Born 1951, New York
Lives and works in New York City and Woodstock, New York
Arlene Shechet makes ceramic objects that live in the midst of skill and humor. They are abstract aggregations of shapes that include both organic and geometric components. Within these parameters, the work is exceptionally diverse. One underlying commonality: Shechet works with clay that is shaped, sometimes glazed, and then fired. It is, however, a motley crew that comes out of the kiln. Their sheer hybridity makes them perplexing and compelling. Shechet’s forms are askew, off-kilter, and unbalanced looking characters that might, at any moment, succumb to animation or simply flop down, no longer able to sustain their unlikely pose.
Arlene Shechet received her BA from New York University and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has received numerous awards including a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, an Anonymous Was A Woman Artist Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, and an American Arts and Letters Award for Art. Her work is in public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.