new works by Aneta Regel Deleu @ Hedge, SF

"A romantic to the core, she wants not only to capture the forms, energies and rhythms of these natural phenomena but to suggest the emotional response they evoke in her. Growing up in her native northern Poland, she was often confronted by the large stones, smooth round excrescences left behind by glacier action, that abound in the forests and have become the focus of legends, being endowed with anthropomorphic and quasi-magical powers. " (text taken from here)

“I don’t need the horizon 
To tell me where the sky ends
And it’s a subtle landscape
Where I come from...." - Real Estate's "Atlas"

March 4 to March 15, 2014 at Hedge Gallery, San Francisco

Ceramic Works of Aneta Regel Deleu

"Inspired by the anthropomorphized natural rock outcroppings of polish legends from her childhood, Aneta Regel Deleu’s asymmetrical, abstract ceramic forms evoke a curiosity from her viewers, and allow the opportunity for a philosophical reflection; the heavily grogged clay and unprocessed volcanic rocks play the role of the natural elements with almost a granite-like texture, while the colored glazes, demonstrate a constructed order of human existence. Aneta developed and refined her sculptural ceramic and glazing techniques, which she acquired during her time at the Royal College of The Arts in London, to create the vivid and witty forms that highlight this dynamic tension between the unglazed natural world and the powerful finesse of the human world. Aneta Regel Deleu’s work has been acquired by such institutions as the Westerwald Museum in Germany and the World Ceramics Museum Icheon in Korea. "

“I combine the natural qualities of various clays from heavily grogged to porcelain often with unprocessed volcanic rocks. Work is hand formed often with additions of rock materials incorporated to clay while building the form up. The technique derives directly from the most traditional and ancient techniques of coiling and freeforming. Objects are usually multiple fired. First to stoneware temperature, to enhance the contrast of textures [and] strength of objects. Then thick layers of slips and glazes are applied and fired again several times.” —Aneta Regel Deleu 

installation shots, by Patrik Argast