Israeli artist Ronit Baranga embraces the odd and welcomes the weird. Known for her ceramic sculptural work she describes as existing on the “border between living and still life”, she combines classic elegant tableware with grotesque human-like features, creating a scene best described as grandma’s tea party gone terribly wrong. “The useful, passive, tableware can now be perceived as an active object, aware of itself and its surroundings – responding to it. It does not allow to be taken for granted, to be used. It decides on its own how to behave in the situation.” – explains the artist of her aim.
Barangas work plays on the existential oddity of combining human features with lifeless objects. Whether it is fingers sprouting out of tea cups or cavernous mouths on fine china bowls, her work steps into a surreal world where the lines between reality and fiction blur into an outlandish fantasy, one hard to look away from. Barangas work has been displayed in museums and galleries around the world and can currently be seen at the Booth Gallery in New York.
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