Ceramist and installation artist Martha Rieger combines local and universal elements in her work, inspired by her intercontinental background as an Israeli-Brazilian as well as her work with local artisans at the porcelain center of Jingdezhen, China. This encounter with Chinese porcelain tradition has led Rieger to examine the multiculturalism of the material and the tension it embodies between mass production and the aura of a unique, handmade work of art.
The most common forms in Rieger’s artistic oeuvre for the last few years have been the egg and the bubble, as well as other round organic forms. Always on the verge of opening, cracking or changing, the transience of these forms is further emphasizes by the fragility of the material. All together, these tensions serve to create a personal language through which Rieger offers viewers a new perspective on the world.