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Sterling Ruby

Basin Theology / Elliptic Umbilic


Sterling Ruby
Born in Bitburg, Germany, in 1972


Basin Theology / Elliptic Umbilic




Partially glazed earthenware


53 cm (h.), 110 cm (diam.)


Purchase, gift of Lynn Factor and Sheldon Inwentash, inv. 2014.2


International Contemporary Art

Encompassing a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, textile installation and ceramics, Ruby’s protean work offers an apocalyptic vision of the world. Basin Theology/Elliptic Umbilic is from Ruby’s “Basin Theology” series, which, as its title suggests, is composed of ceramic vessels resembling excavation sites or the results of some powerful telluric current. These pieces often include recycled fragments of damaged works. Ruby’s ceramics are influenced by the California Craft Movement that flourished during the 1960s and 1970s, but also by the “hot lava” works made by German ceramists during the same period.

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