Beccy Ridsdel’s “Surgically-Altered” Ceramics

by Amelia Taylor-HochbergPosted on

Beccy Ridsdel’s “surgically-altered” sculptures investigate craft in reverse. Everyday flatware is put under the knife, its outer layer peeled back to expose the innards: delicately patterned florals. The materiality of the dishes transforms from a rigid, fragile china to the supple, elastic skin of a surgeon’s patient, peeled back on the operating table. Treating the flatware as a cadaver study, Ridsdel is trying to understand the elemental structure of her craft, exposing her audience to the design and care inside a seemingly mundane ceramic object. The normal object becomes special; a specimen to study and understand.

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