Zemer Peled creates organic-like sculptures that remind of flowers and coral. These sculptures – that vary from small scale to room-sized installations – are compiled from thousands of porcelain shards. Through these deconstructed-to-be-constructed pieces, Peled aims to examine the beauty and brutality of the natural world.
Born and raised in Israel, Peled earned her MA at the Royal College of Art (UK). In recent years, her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Sotheby’s, Saatchi Gallery (London), and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City); and has also been featured in top tier publications like Vogue, O Magazine, and Elle.
Talking about her creative process with CFile, Peled explained that she produces the ceramic shards herself using a slab roller. “I make sheets of clay, fire them, and smash them into pieces with a hammer,” she added. “I love playing with the idea of the texture and the form can look airy, delicate, light and fluffy and to give a sense of flutter, as if my breath would break it. Yet, the hard and sharp shards can be seen as round and moving, and give a sense of softness.”
According to Peled, her creative process is crucial to her sculptural ideas. Those, “are consistent with the Kabbalah concepts of Shevirah (breaking) and Tikkun (mending) that can also be considered as renewal. I make, then break, then make again. Chaos, destruction, and decay are intense and necessary creative process for me to create each of my sculptures.”
Take a look at some of her organized chaos: