Arlene Shechet, Artist

Pulp paper pieces and much-lauded ceramic work have brought the artist Arlene Shechet to the forefront of the contemporary art scene. A late career artist, Shechet has been included in recent group exhibitions with hot young ceramicists of the moment as well as showing alongside veterans Betty Woodman and Kathy Butterly. Her paper work focuses on the idea of the bleed and impregnation in addition to the fluid nature of water, formlessness becoming form, change and fragility. Shechet’s ceramics also include this liquid plasticity, coming to life through moment-to-moment alterations, always on the verge of failure and containing “a hybrid comic clumsiness” as she explains it, “while at the same time, they have airiness and elegance.” Shechet lives and works in New York City and upstate New York.