Maria Volokhova’s porcelain is situated at the border between art and design as well as on the frontier between the functional and the figurative. Her works challenges the porcelain tradition by experimenting with traditional technique and decoration in order to respond to contemporary questions.

Her pieces, concurrently unique works of art and functioning porcelain vessels, subvert conventional notions of functionality: these items are neither intended purely for domestic use, nor for distanced observation. Volokhova’s porcelain calls to the viewer in the manner of an item that is both exquisite and quotidian.

Following upon the hybrid of the exquisite and the quotidian, Volokhova’s work engages the inner world of the human body: how it is perceived, and its yet undisclosed aesthetic value. For example, constructing a teapot in the form of the jejunum takes what is inside every body and turns it into a beautiful and original object of contemplation. That this object then, by virtue of its functionality, draws the viewer into an interactive relationship with their own inner world.

Rebecca Dolgoy