1986-1988 Minerva Academy, Groningen
1988-1992 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
The work of Esther Stasse consists of cast elements. Sometimes such elements are used singly. In most case objects result from the stacking or combining of several shapes. This stacking occasionally goes so far that her objects seem to defy the laws of gravity.
She has a perfect command of the technical part: she can use her moulds several times, and she can combine her castings in objects as simple or as complex as she likes. Sometimes her objects lean over so strongly that they look unstable. Nonetheless she pays much attention to the foot of an object. For this exhibition she has made a distinct point of strengthening and stabilizing the feet of her objects.Although her technique and her geometrical austerity are influenced by Van der Vaart, she has gone her own way. At the moment she experiments with leaving out forms instead of incorporating more and more, and she has turned half tubes inside out, as a 'recalcitrant reaction' to opinions on her earlier work, as she puts it herself. All in all she has created a fascinating series of objects that strengthens her personal style and clearly shows that modern ceramics can be functional and autonomous at the same time
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