The Sleepless (2011)
glazed stoneware and porcelain
A friend brought my attention to the Norton Museum’s show of Klara Kristalova’s ceramic sculpture, which closed last spring. Kristalova’s dreamlike groups of humans and animals point to raw subconscious experience, untempered by reason. Kristalova works in a Meissen porcelain technique, which gives a very high luster to her hand-built pieces. Comprised of several distinct creatures, as in “The Sleepless” (above), her groups of figures call up the individual entities that comprise personality, or consciousness–a kind of society of mind of dreams. This is the first show of Kristalova’s work outside Sweden, and was part of the Norton’s new exhibit series supporting the work of women artists.