Vladimir TSIVIN
St. Petersburg, Russia

The process of observation is well rehearsed. Initially his gaze is cool and somewhat detached, reminding us that understanding is a slow and considered process. It is only later, after many drawings, that the intellect of the brain and the sensibility of the hand again become partners in the manipulation of clay and the rendering of immutable form. The cycle is completed when the gaze of reflection returns to the fired pieces and eventually to the critical world.

The upheavals of the last decade have added a degree to poignancy to his work. They stand firm in the wake of huge political change. Their stoicism is both classical and modern; if they move, they move in whispers. Their references are truly international and transcendental; they are at home wherever they come to rest.