La mariée en Blanc et Noir, 2016 | Courtesy the artist and Kewenig, Berlin | Palma
Internationally known for her embroidered canvases, in more recent years, the artist Ghada Amer has focused on creating works out of clay. At the tradition-steeped Greenwich House Pottery, she discovered her love for the material: “Clay is a goddess,” she says, “because she is finicky.” On thin panels, Amer paints with liquefied coloured clay or folds them into abstract, colorful sculptures. The exhibition shows the scope of Amer’s work by bringing together her ceramics with a selection of her recent canvases, a steel sculpture, and a number of works on paper that are the result of her collaboration with Iranian artist Reza Farkhondeh. Irrespective of the medium, all of Amer’s works share her distinct style and concerns. Questioning relationships of power by expressing archetypes of gender or sexual representations are always at the heart of her work. With her images of self-confident, tantalizing women, among other things, her new body of work opposes the criminalization of the female body in certain archaic cultural traditions and in religious fundamentalism.