SEPTEMBER | ARTIST OF THE MONTH | SASHA BAKARIC
by: Toni Tronu
As The Shop manager at Greenhill I find myself inspired by so many talented NC artists. That is why I have decided to start featuring an artist each month, to spotlight all of these creative innovations.
September belongs to Sasha Bakaric of Chapel Hill. Her work is influenced by bacteria and viruses at a molecular level, which relates to our upcoming exhibition Microcosm. Her work is hand-drawn and intricate with bright saturated colors and a contrasted black background. COOL!
Bakaric's inspiration comes from microscopic images of various cells and microorganisms as the basis of all life. She is intrigued by dichotomy between the enormous beauty of these images and the fears that people often have when faced with viruses or bacteria.
She loves the idea of questioning our relationship with the world inside of us. She explains, In the same way as microorganisms are multiplying and speading, so are her pieces. She finds great excitement in making yet another similar but totally unique piece.
Her work is very much process driven with images and forms that almost spontaneously come as she works. She mostly uses white stoneware coated with terra sigillata. Also, slip trailing, sgraffito and various commercial custom glazes are used to build intricate surfaces. All of her work is fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln.
Stop by The Shop at Greenhill to see Sasha Bakaric's pieces!