Gallery K10 12.06.- 02.07.2021 Varaždin “Breathing” Sandra Ban

Organizer: KERAMEIKON-HKU, Croatian Ceramic Association

Curator of the exhibition: Višnja Slavica Gabout
Coordination: Željka Bračko

In sculpture, rhythm is the repetition or alternation of volumes and cavities, fullness and emptiness, which can be read as pulsation – a kind of breathing. The cavity can become, as in Sandra Ban’s sculptures, the center of events and a strongly energized zone. The zone where breathing is felt in the rounded openings and cavities and the subsound sculpture is listened to. A zone where life flows and pulsates in constant renewal and development – the one in the small, but also the one in the whole universe.

In her ceramic sculptures, this author always talks about the constant metamorphoses in nature and the stratification of the experiential. A story through an approach that is associative, expressive, tactile – but also primordial. Her sculptures have preserved the sound of the earth and the rhythm of time, but also the symbolism of the cyclical movement of life in disappearing and emerging. Yet, although they arise as a result of observing nature, the author does not transcribe in them what she sees, but gives her interpretation of what is seen and her personal discourse, including much subjectivity and her emotional engagement.


Because she is interested in processuality, change, movement and transformation in nature, she explores the resulting structures, and the way she approaches the medium contributes to the understanding of ceramics as a modern medium open to new views and experimentation. For to her the motif taken from nature there served as an inspiring excuse for creative and contemporary morphological transformations and for experimental coloristic variations; for metamorphoses and for the exploration of structures and for virtuoso games by technological procedures.

Thus, although in her sculptures and installations everything springs from the world of the concrete-appearing and seemingly recognizable, it eventually turns into the modern world of visual fantasy. Into the world of organic-biomorphic and geological structures in which primordial and contemporary land-art meet.