Winter Workspace 2018
Winter Workspace | January 2 - February 12, 2018
Pictured Above: Installation view of Pedro Ramirez's Winter Workspace studio
Pedro Ramirez is an artist and educator whose work examines the confluence of ecosystems, ecology and the environment. His latest work is an ongoing series of ceramic vessels which he calls planets. These spherical objects have an origin similar to their namesake. Beginning as rocky outcrops made of stone, concrete, or clay, they are gradually layered with clays, soils, seeds, plants, and various organic matter which form a crust that sustains life.
Ramirez continued work on a series of ceramic vessels he refers to as “living pots”. He worked to transform these vessels into environments for plants to live and thrive on. Unlike traditional methods of pairing plants and pottery, this new body of work flips the relationship inside out and put plants directly on the surface of the clay. Using living plants in his work allows Ramirez to not only utilize their natural aesthetic but also to have an ever-changing metaphor for change, a microenvironment that mirrors life itself.
Pedro Ramirez, Planet, 2017, ceramic and grass, 12 x12 x12 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.
Learn more about the artist here
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.