Ceramic and glazes
9 x 8 3/4 x 4 in (22.9 x 22.2 x 10.2 cm)
(1933–2004, lived and worked in San Francisco)
Viola Frey (1933–2004) belongs to the same generation of artists as Lynda Benglis and Betty Woodman. Trained as a painter but committed to clay, Frey spent her life pushing the rules of fine art to develop her artistic practice, which ultimately laid the groundwork for her iconic larger-than-life ceramic figures. In her early years, Frey explored clay’s sculptural nature by using unlikely tools such as air-brush painting and press molds to add color and dimension. Included in Winterfest is a series of these early “wares,” which are shaped as or depict animals, a teapot, goblet, and bookends.
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