Creating organic designs with graphic impact is not easy to master. But Cape Town-based ceramic artist Nebnikro (Ben Orkin spelled backward-ish) does just that, exploring the dimensionality of queer identity through sculpture. Created as a pair, the vessels Guy On the Beach and Looking Up At You represent two bodies in relationship to one another and offer a reflection on love and longing. They also play with color, the interior shade of each form matching the other’s exterior and vice versa in a yin-meets-yang way. Says the artist, “I use the act of making and producing as a means to work through and communicate ideas that sometimes make me feel uncomfortable, particularly my experiences of love.”
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