Elsa Sahal

elsha sahal

Over the course of more than a decade, ceramicist Elsa Sahal has conceived a universe whose diverse biomorphic population is rife with contradictions, both visual and conceptual. Improbably, her clay creations manage to be simultaneously abstract and representational, adorable and abject, graceful and gawky, childish and erotic, masculine and feminine, and pathetic and powerful. If not always openly figural, Sahal’s sculptures are insistently and explicitly corporeal. Typically headless, her representations of acrobats, clowns, hikers or dancers exhibit toned muscles and humid skins while striking impossible contorted poses.