Sterling Ruby - Shape & Space: A New Ceramic Presence London Thursday, October 4, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
    Simon Lee Gallery, London (acquired from the above in 2009)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    'Using clay became a way to just make something, it represented the gesture I was longing for. I started to see my ceramics as monuments to my desire to make a sincere gesture, and the shame that came with it....For me, as a material, clay has always been about malleability as opposed to vulnerability. That being said, I incorporate the failure and fragility of ceramics by using broken fragments from previous works in the creation of new pieces. I like the opportunity for chance, the reclamation and recycling through materials. It becomes an autobiographical excavation, my own archaeology.' Sterling Ruby

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection


The Fed Mortar (Rainbow)

incised with the artist's initials and date 'S.R. '09' on the underside
glazed ceramic
14.6 x 48.9 x 48.8 cm (5 3/4 x 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2009.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £50,000

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Meaghan Roddy
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Specialist, Head of Sale
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Shape & Space: A New Ceramic Presence

London Auction 5 October 2018