“The decorative arts is such a disparaged category, I think, because it’s thought of as female,” said Ms. Shechet (pronounced Shek’it). Scroll forms that reappear throughout the work refer to teacup handles. “But this work is all heavy and monumental,” she said. “It makes the female big and tough and something you have to pay attention to.”
Sometimes it just takes a bunch of images to get a sense of an artist’s work. I think it’s particularly true with sculpture. Arlene Shechet’s work in clay is so varied…large and small, hanging on a wall or standing on a pedestal. Took me a while to appreciate it…but it is as she says…big and tough!