Tammie Rubin

Neverwhere and Nowhere

2014 Exhibit Dates
Apr 08 To May 04

Neverwhere and Nowhere is an exhibition of assemblages of collected objects; the primary interest is transforming the familiar, disposable, and trivial into the mythic and fantastical. Rubin explores the wonderment of magical thinking and the charm of constructed forms and ornate contraptions. The conical shapes of her ceramics allude to a function of channeling, transmitting, or filtering, and reference conical forms that imply communication: voice pipes, megaphones, dunce caps, gramophones, steeples, and satellite dishes. Through process, she tries to satisfy her curiosity for sumptuous fluid surfaces, and ideas of accumulation and myth. Utilizing the amorphous properties of clay, while exploring its inherent materiality, she creates fanciful objects that feel both familiar and alien.

Tammie Rubin was born in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Washington, and received a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now an assistant professor of ceramics foundations. Her work has appeared in Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics Monthly.

The Stillness in the Room, detail, 2012, slip-cast and handbuilt porcelain, glaze, 17" x 9" x 8.5"