If you thought ceramics were an artistic sideline, think again. These days they have entered the cultural mainstream with the ultra-fashionable work of Rachel Kneebone at its forefront.
Her towering porcelain sculpture “399 Days,” all twisted limbs and eye-bogglingly erotic confections, in dialogue with masterpieces of the Renaissance, is at once spectacular and intensely disconcerting. Sensuality and fantasy are rife, female and male sexual organs, writhing legs, flowers and cord-like vines are everywhere, exploring themes of physical anguish and loss, transformation and renewal. Her work is fluid and moving and highly emotive, the limbs and organs never attached to bodies or heads, all vulnerable and trapped in the ceramic. “399 Days” and three other Rachel Kneebone pieces are on display at London’s V&A.
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