Zoe Gross is a ceramic artist from New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in fine art from Skidmore College (2015) and her Master’s degree in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (2018). Zoe primarily works in ceramics, and she is interested in exploring the creative process through experimenting with materials such as clay, fabric, paper, and textiles. Her work explores ideas of femininity, ornament, craft, and the subtle taboos surrounding these subjects. Zoe’s work is rooted in the implied similarities between the cycles in nature and the cycles inherent in the creative process. Her pieces grow and decay through layering, disintegrating, adding, and subtracting. Zoe began her artistic career as a potter, and the vessel, which has long stood as a metaphor for the human body, continues to play a large role in her work. Through the process of embedding adornment in their structures, her ceramic sculptures warp and shift away from a traditional or functional vessel and begin to imply bodily forms. These sculptures are permeable membranes that embody open and closed spaces and allow their contents to spill out. To learn more about Zoe, visit zoeaureliagross.com/about/.
Photo by Richard Haynes.