Carpenters Workshop Gallery is proud to announce its latest exhibition by Aneta Regel. The Polish artist based in London will exhibit ‘Gneiss’ a solo show of ceramic sculptures from her collection at the gallery’s space in Paris.
Gneiss is a foliated metamorphic rock identified by its bands and lenses of varying composition, while other bands contain granular minerals with an interlocking texture.
Pushing the idea of functional sculpture to its aesthetic limits, Aneta Regel differs to many ceramic sculptors as she takes inspiration from nature rather than the human form. Drawing on natural forms including rocks, riverbeds and fields, the artist seeks to encapsulate the energies and rhythms of her subject and foremost the emotional response they invoke. She aims to create her vision of reality, a physical description of the landscape.
Although she uses natural forms as the basis of her work, Aneta Regel states that she ‘creates objects that exist neither in the natural or manufactured world, but which, once brought into being, can reflect and transmit information and feelings about nature and my (her) own existence’.
Aneta Regel uses raw materials such as rock and clay, manipulating them to resemble other textures found in the natural world such as tree bark, moss and coral. Her works usually remain unglazed and only partially colored in order to convey the dynamic tension between power and finesse, the passage from one state to another.
Furthermore, through this comparison of the two worlds, Aneta Regel conveys the ‘dynamic friction from the natural world to the constructed world’.
Inspired by the landscapes of her native Poland, her sculptures represent the emotional attachment to her surroundings and her sense of awe in the face of nature. There is a romanticism to her work. The movements and energy of nature that are captured combined with her own emotional experiences demand empathy from the viewer.
Aneta Regel was born in 1976 in Poland, where she graduated from Royal College of Art in 2006 in glass and ceramic. Based in Stock Newington, Aneta Regel creates her ceramics in The Cocolate Factory, a former sweets manufacturer transformed from an artist community studio, considered now as one of the major innovative creation centre in London.
FROM NATURE TO CLAY
Rejecting the traditional idea of “potter”, Aneta Regel considers herself a ceramic sculptor, in perfect symbiosis with the pieces of nature she creates. Regel believes that her work should be abstract, creating a kind of equivalence to the natural world rather than trying to describe it.
From plants to rivers, the artist intends to capture her subjects’ energies and emotions. Moving away from functional sculpture, Aneta Regel is distinguished in her approach and practice of ceramics by bringing a very strong attention to nature and specifically to rocks. Aneta Regal’s sources of inspiration include trees, rocks, fields and river-beds. She not only wants to capture the various forms, energies and rhythms of nature but also to suggest the emotional power they have on her. Even if elements and shapes observed in nature dictate her creative approach, Aneta Regel says: ‘creating objects which doesn’t exist in a way, neither living, nor manufactured, but which translate feelings and proper states to nature and to (my) her own existence.’
With this subtle approach, the artist uses materials such as rock or clay, and transform them to create the illusion of other textures like bark, moss and coral, always in natural appearances. Her works mostly remain unvarnished and partially colored, adding a dynamic tension between power and fineness to her works
Aneta Regel hasexhibited her sculptures all over the world, especially in the United States, Belgium and Poland. Her most important exhibitions took place in the United Kingdom where she participated in collective projects at the Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery. She recently took part in the British Ceramics Biennale, a demonstration which celebrates the contemporary ceramic of the whole world. She is also a prize-winner of several prizes such as the ‘Highlights English Industry Award’ in 2007. Most recently, she became a member of sculptors’ British Royal Company.