New York City’s Jason Jacques Gallery is set to present Cloudspotting, a solo exhibition of London-based artist, Tessa Eastman, beginning October 10. Eastman’s hand-sculpted ceramic works— colorful drawn and built clusters, arrangements, and structures inspired by clouds and molecules— span the gap between the microscopic and the monumental and have a serious following among collectors, gallerists, and ceramiphiles alike. In the artist’s own words, she aims “to fix ungraspable states such as fleeting clouds, which represent both the ideal and the perishable, doom, and fantasy.” These ideas are articulated through a language of color, contrast, and difference: fluid and rigid, ordered and chaotic, soft and unyielding.
Eastman’s playful aesthetic lends itself to the abstract cloud-like formations or curious and ambiguous sea-like creatures that appear to inhabit her work. Whether one relates pieces to the astral or underwater world, her sculptures are metaphors for the multifaceted personalities of people, which are sometimes biting and sometimes sweet.
The artist foregoes what is pretty and classical in ceramic history, creating objects that are uncanny and bizarre. The idiosyncratic shape, the combination of solid and open forms, bulbous and interlaced, accretive and geometric, weighs with the attention she gives to their surfaces.
Cloudspotting will be Eastman's debut solo exhibition in the United States and runs through November 16.