Pottati Pottato’s uncanny creations take off their workplace armor.
Dio Horia Gallery is pleased to announce Sometimes I Cry at Work, an exhibition of new ceramics by Greek artist Pottati Pottato (aka Tatiana Zagari). For the past five years and till recently, only in the privacy of her studio, Pottato has been experimenting with the medium looking for ways to express narratives of private experience, her own and that of others.
Pottati Pottato artistic practice consists of handmade earth-ware ceramics. She is essentially self-taught and considers herself a proud outsider visual artist, as her main job is art directing in an advertising agencyy. Each work by Pottato portrays her own stories, fairy tales, and individuals experiencing fear, anxiety, or desirethat exist outside a linear perception of time.
Her work is about tactility, beauty, and subjectivity—and conveying things she has difficulty talkin about. She describes her work as a means to call upon a past experience or emotion and prossess it by expressing it in the form of a unique ceramic sculpture that can never be repeated. This is also why she sometimes talks of her works as a small pleasant thought that takes away the bad feelings even for a brief second.Her works, which include both functional vessels and sculptures, are each infused with levity, humor, and character, be it through ghost wearing sandals, motel pools and apparel inspired from her daily attire.
With the use of humor and her love for the absurd and the unexpected, Pottati Pottato’s semi-autobiographical video exhibition,seems to leave two messages to its viewer. On the hand that it is absolutely normal to express negative feelings and on the other hand that even if you seem to laugh (or if you don’t look like you need that sweater or winter sock), your smile and anybody’s smile does not define your emotional state.So do look again and open up while sharing that cigarette outside work.