Aneta Regel is a sculptor who happens to use clay, fire and glaze to build up her sculptures but who at the same time thoroughly rejects the classical connotations of pottery, craft and of utility.
Regel who graduated from the Royal College of London in 2006, grew up in northern Poland, where she often came across huge boulders, soft and round rocky excrescences, moulded by the melting glaciers. Once the focus of legends these stones were long believed to have magical powers.
As an artist Regel started to combine the rough natural qualities of such rocks, which she first pounds and pulverizes, with malleable materials such as clay. Her sculptural ceramics with rugged, bubbling textures are the epitome of the ‘natural’ versus the ‘woman made’.
Regel works with real autonomy. She seeks to make art ‘for the sake of art itself’ thus inviting you to suspend your judgments of aesthetic value. Instead these works with their irregular surfaces and soft smooth bends and abstract and emotive forms can be read as poetry, evoking disparate moods about nature and about life; places where fear meets admiration, where necessity merges with desire. To a careful observer all rocks are capable of telling stories; Regel has taken these stories and written her own with them.