My father was engineer and my mother a social worker so I am naturally drawn toward systems that are in opposition to one another and seeing how they play together. I’m a contrarian by nature and always looking for a counterintuitive way of approaching a problem or seeking an opposing point of view that might make me uncomfortable. Working in clay, I seek to fuse opposites; to take disparate elements and integrate them into some strange whole that shouldn’t work, but somehow does. My most recent body of work, “Out of Square”, pairs slabs of clay formed into perfectly squared shapes with wild, rounded coils of clay which are rhythmically tapped into place, one on top of the next. I live and maintain a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico inspired by its beautiful contradictions.

Contact: erikgellert@gmail.com

Studio shot