Artist: Rebekah Sweda
Vessel - Natural Stone #1
7.5" x 4" x 4"
Deriving the vessel is influenced by the calculus equation used to find the area under a curve - to cut up a curve in order to account for the whole. The slices reveal more information, showing what was always there but not naturally seen.
The balance of negative and positive space created through slicing vessels is the base of my work. I innovate, experiment, and derive these thrown vessels. I want to make something new of what the vessel has to offer, taking something utilitarian into the sculptural. I am creating shape and blurring the lines of the interior and exterior of vessels.
The balance of negative and positive form in vessels is the base of my work. Innovation, experimentation, and derivatives within the expansion of ceramics. Slicing vessels to blur the lines of interior and exterior and going from utilitarian to sculptural. The emptiness of the vessel creates its form.
Rebekah Sweda received a dual degree in Chemistry and Studio Art from Calvin University in 2018. She went on to receive an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2020. She is currently based in Detroit, Michigan. She making contemporary pottery. Having an intense appreciation of STEM and spatial reasoning, she uses them as a way of revealing knowledge of negative space.