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"As much as I love glazes , I use them sparingly in sculpture. Instead I use oxides, mason stains, underglazes. I carve into my pieces or use laces and various objects for surface decoration.
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Yvonne Gerych lives in Houston, Texas, and is a practicing ceramist and figurative sculptor.
Born in Prague, then Czechoslovakia, she spent a large part of her life in different countries. She received her M.A. in languages from the University of Warsaw, Poland. She emigrated with her husband and children to the U.S. in 1986.
Intrigued by the mortality of the flesh and the immortality of the spirit, by the enigmas of human existence and everlasting nature, Gerych attempts to explores existential themes. Her preoccupation with existentialism undoubtedly stems from her experiences while living under a communist dictatorship.
The ornate Baroque style of Prague churches and visual stimuli gathered during years spent in different countries are reflected/mirrored/shine through in her work. Striving to mediate accessibility to her innermost thoughts, Gerych ultimately views her ceramic sculptures as a gateway to the artist’s idiosyncratic emotions and the unfathomable ways of the creative process.
Yvonne’s work has been exhibited at the University of Houston Clear Lake, The Art League of Houston, Lawndale Art Center’s The Big Show, Visual Arts Alliance of Houston, Dishman Art Museum Beaumont, Mother Dog Studios, M2 Gallery and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, to name a few.