We are able to hear a single tone.
But we almost never (that is, without special devices) see a single color
unconnected and unrelated to other colors.
Colors present themselves in continuous flux, constantly related to
changing neighbors and changing conditions.
-Joseph Albers, The Interaction of Color
I am intrigued by the way shifting light in a room affects how one perceives objects in the home; reflections and shadows cause relationships to appear between two (or more) surfaces and the spaces in between. Objects are inextricably involved; the surface of one will always affect the perception of another due to shifts in the intensity and direction of light covering the forms. My intent is to illustrate and bring permanence to these fleeting moments, while sharing with the viewer the experience of witnessing an entrancing phenomenon: light constantly affecting and changing familiar spaces and objects in the home.
The forms and surfaces I create arise out of these observations. Empty and often overlooked areas between functional and decorative objects are transformed into architectural ceramic forms and arranged into still lifes; juxtaposing each form with adjacent, brightly colored surfaces that coat each plane with a film of reflected light. The shadows created from the compositions become almost as important as the objects, allowing the boundary of the physical form to extend into the space around. Drawings become a record of the light and shadows that force the eye to shift over forms constantly, causing static objects to appear to wiggle. It is this constant movement, this lack of clarity, and this distortion, which drives my studio explorations and reveals how I perceive and create relationships between the objects in the lived space.
Roberta Massuch lives and works in Philadelphia where she is a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio, and works as the studio technician and faculty at The Community College of Philadelphia. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she received her BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and her MFA from Louisiana State University in May 2013. Past residencies include: Worcester Center for Craft, Northern Clay Center, and Tyler School of Art. She was awarded a 2015 Independence Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, which funded her participation in an 8 week Arquetopia Special Ceramics Artist Residency (2016) at the Arquetopia Foundation for Development, in Puebla, Mexico.