"Clay is extremely elemental. … The lack of beauty in its raw state is important to me, because it gives me great freedom. Because it has no character, I can make anything. It’s just there to be invented." —Arlene Shechet
This week, we preview artist Arlene Shechet's segment in the upcoming Season 7 Secrets episode, premiering this October. Shown in this preview is the artist working with clay at her Woodstock, NY studio in early 2014.
She was involved with a fantastic show at the Nerman during my tenure there. One day, a while after the show had opened, she flew in, and had several piece in a bag with her. She unwrapped four different kiln bricks with graceful little marks made in glaze. I was guarding that gallery, and I remember that she looked at me questioningly when they were choosing which one to hang, which gave me a sudden powerful impression of giving an opinion. It’s now a couple years down the line and it’s starting to strike me how much she’s influenced my work. She’s a powerful artist, and that afternoon will stick with me.