Simone Fattal on the sculptures in her exhibition “Fix Your Gaze On Saturn’s Rings” at Bergen Kunsthall.
At the end of the 1980s Fattal started to work in ceramics and created her own formal language with sketch-like – barely formed, liminal, but highly suggestive – figurative sculptures. The works visibly exhibit the traces of their own making, spontaneously shaped between two hands on a working table. At first glance the objects are reminiscent of ancient artefacts, souvenirs or idiosyncratic collectibles often found in domestic environments, in which very different objects come together to form a personal story. While these are often modest in size, other works shift the potential of ceramics into large objects on a bodily scale.
The exhibition features a large number of works from the 1970s until today, presented in a characteristic non-chronologic installation in which a myriad of narrative threads and layers appear through the juxtapositions of works in different media and formal idioms and on different scales. Fattal is mostly known for her work in clay, and her ceramic figures are glazed in luminous colours or shades of sand and brown. The many long-legged figures, assorted vessels or architectural ruins relate to her interest in mythology and archaeology, as well as her efforts to chart deeply human themes such as the ravages of war and recovery.
Simone Fattal (f. 1942, Damaskus, Syria) lives and works in Paris.