Salon 94 proudly presents acclaimed ceramicist Magdalene A.N. Odundo DBE. This will be Odundo’s first solo show in New York City since her exhibition at Anthony Ralph Gallery in 1991. New Work by Magdalene A.N. Odundo DBE features ten large terracotta sculptures made over the last five years, fresh from firings over the beginning months of 2021.
Odundo transcends the worlds of fine art and craft. Both putative vessels and abstract sculptures, her works are ceremonial and hint at the origins of function. Composed in elemental materials of English red clay and water, her seemingly effortless sculptures are months in the making. Odundo does not use a pottery wheel, but rather hand-builds her vessels with coils, an age-old technique she learned in the early 1970s from Nigerian women potters. Through a careful process of smoothing the surface and adding slip of the same clay, the British artist manipulates her medium when the clay is both soft and hard, alternating between symmetrical and asymmetrical forms.