Jason Jacques Gallery is thrilled to present new work by Anne Marie Laureys, a Belgian artist based in Russeignies, in her first solo exhibition in the United States.
Over the course of her lengthy career, Laureys' vision of what constitutes a vessel— and wherein lies its potential— has been refined into an effervescent series of forms reminiscent of gently-gaping heart valves, clouds, sand dunes, and rippling waves fashioned of paper-thin stoneware. The undulating vessels, which Laureys has called “metaphors for feelings,” have reached their remarkably organic state of being through meticulous turns around and around the potter’s wheel, followed by sculptural warping resulting in a striking visual effect.
There is a subtle inversion the interior-exterior boundary these vessels engage in as they twist and turn on themselves. These spacious, fine forms “hide the inside while framing the outside.” Laureys’ sculptures are not only novel and technically advanced in their approach to the sculptural development of a wheel-thrown vessel, they are also visually complex and full of spaces for a wandering eye to travel through.
This life-long relationship with clay began during the artist’s studies at the Luca School of Art in Ghent, Belgium. Since then, her work has been exhibited at the Icheon Biennale in South Korea, in Taiwan (Yingge), Japan (Mino), China (Changhai), and more recently in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France and at Florida’s Boca Raton Museum of Art for the exhibition Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter (2017-18).