Over the past few years, Nathalee Paolinelli has turned to ceramics as
a natural extension of her painting and sculptural practice. Favouring
neither the formal nor the functional, Paolinelli embraces an amateur
approach to the medium of clay. This consciously naïve logic makes
each object unique, but it also strikes up subtle conversations with
artists as varied as Lucio Fontana, Asger Jorn, Franz West and Mary
Heilmann. For Paolinelli, the repetitious acts of rolling, shaping,
patterning and painting slabs provide a ground on which these
conversations can happen, but also where accidents, gravity, drips and
slips are allowed to run strident once they enter the kiln. It is this
negotiation between what the artist wants and what the material wants
that provides each work with its own precarious and poetic tension.