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Friedman Benda

Carmen D’Apollonio

From Glendale to Paris, 2023

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Carmen D’Apollonio

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Carmen D’Apollonio investigates the entire spectrum from abstraction to figuration through her practice. Self-taught in the ceramics discipline, D’Apollonio’s approach to her acclaimed sculptural lighting and vessels celebrates the fusion of craftsmanship with functionality. “My work is simple; it often gives way to humor. As if clay had its way of being, its own personality,” she explains. Born in Switzerland in 1973, D’Apollonio previously worked as an art director for short films and commercials in the mid-nineties. In 1996, she began working with the artist Urs Fischer, and assisting him for over a decade. In 2006, she founded the fashion brand Ikou Tschuss (ikou means “let’s go” in Japanese and tschüss is “bye-bye” in Swiss German), which combined modern textiles with traditional artistry. D’Apollonio established her own studio in Los Angeles in 2014. D’Apollonio’s process begins with sketching, which she then translates into clay—evolving the three-dimensional form as she goes. Her titles such as I Wish You Were Beautiful (2019) or Here Comes the Light (2019) range from the comic to the plaintive and offer narrative fragments entirely in tune with their suggestive, open-ended compositions. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Exhibited at DESIGN MIAMI.BASEL 2024 Through her intuitive, self-taught approach, each piece is personified with its own stand-alone narrative as D’Apollonio allows her creations to take on a life of their own. Emphasizing her recent experiments with gesture and materiality, D’Apollonio’s joy in the making process is instantly apparent. “I approach ceramics with no boundaries. I push myself to break the rules of how clay regularly behaves. I like to believe that my sculptures portray an unspoken poetry,” states D’Apollonio.

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