DIDEM MERT

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

In my work, I make connections between the utilitarian object and its
counterparts; the user and/or the object’s environment.
Being the daughter of a woodworker, I was raised in a design-rich environment
that has influenced who I am and my current body of ceramic work. Geometry,
texture, and the functionality of my work emanates from this artistic environment.
Different textural surfaces are created in my work by using pinched marks juxtaposed
between smooth, defined lines and edges. Bright colors paired against a soft earthy
color palette create high-contrast focal points in the work. Using simple geometry,
I sgraffito1 line-work into the pots to heighten the formal elements of design. The
simple line-work on the pots showcases food in its presentation. My work strives to
bring forth a sense of tranquility in its minimalistic design, yet there is a sense of
playfulness directed through the color palette and pinched surfaces.

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