Larger than life: busts by Claudia Riedener.

Larger than life: busts by Claudia Riedener.

Clay is an elemental material, wrested by human hands from the bowels of the earth, and subjected to alchemical formulae of air, water and fire to produce art. Swiss-born artist Claudia Riedener wields this muscular medium like a mischievous goddess, sculpting forms and creating installations to stand the test of time.

Stony silence on Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Photo: Aurbina

Stony silence: Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Photo: Aurbina

Riedener’s monumental busts will be showcased in “Natural Spectacle: Art + Eco-Furnishings”, a group show opening at M+M on June 7, 1-6pm. These larger-than-life, archetypal visages are transfixing, their heavy contours reminding us of distant predecessors…Irascible Olympians! Easter Island gods! And like the implacable deities of Rapa Nui, these silent figures keep their mysteries all to themselves.

Based in Tacoma, WA, Riedener is best-known for the handmade architectural ceramic installations she designs for public art, and private and commercial commissions, through her company, Ixia Tile. Public art installations in Tacoma include Hops Arbor at Point Ruston Waterwalk, McCarver Park, South Tacoma Public Library, and Bellarmine Preparatory School.

Claudia Riedener in her studio. Photo: The News Tribune

Claudia Riedener in her studio. Photo: The News Tribune

“[Ceramics] are touchable art – sometimes reflective of light, and shiny smooth; sometimes matte and rough under the fingers. They absorb the heat of the sun or feel cool when it rains….” she notes. “I think of my installations as portals that transport viewers to a new experience.” ~Lisa Kinoshita

“Art and Eco-Furnishings” opens at Moss + Mineral June 7, 2014. This group show features Claudia Riedener, Carlos Taylor-Swanson, Holly Senn, Harriet McNamara, and birdloft (the design team of Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks). 305 S. 9th St. in Tacoma; 253.961.5220.

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