Whether empty or full, whole or broken, ceramic vessels reflect history and cultural practices. My ongoing fascination with ceramic ware, ranging from vessel forms created in antiquity to contemporary works, is rooted in my interest in revealing the beauty found in the mundane. In exploring the quiet beauty of what many might consider “ordinary” vessels, I have used ceramic vessel forms as resources for my work from across cultures: Korean jars and cups, Roman storage urns, pierced pots of Finland, Japanese tea bowls, and black on black Native American pottery. The vessel and cup forms serve as building blocks to focus on pattern, repetition and form. Using the accumulation of layers and marks, with the cup form serving as both anchor and departure point, I investigate the space between representation and abstraction. Underlying my work is also my nostalgia for the quiet beauty of objects often overlooked in everyday life.
Romi Sloboda spent her childhood living in both the United States and her mother's native city, Seoul, Korea. Sloboda studied printmaking at Washington University in St. Louis and also studied at the Santa Reparata Graphic Arts Centre in Florence, Italy. When she moved to Philadelphia, she studied ceramics at The Clay Studio. In 2005, she and her husband moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. She anticipates starting graduate studies in painting at Ghent University in the fall.
International exhibitions include “Paper Road International Exhibition,” Copenhagen, Denmark; “Pacific Rim International Print Biennial Print Exhibition,” Hilo, Hawaii; and “International Print Triennial Cracow,” Cracow, Poland. She has exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art in Georgia, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts in Wilmington. Sloboda was awarded residencies from the Cité International des Arts Fondation, Paris; CentralTrak, UT Dallas; and Herekeke Arts Center, Lama, NM.