Function – what does it do, or did it do … is this of interest to you? What is it purpose.
Zemer Peled’s current working practice doesn’t fit a functional purpose but rather a sculptural communication of the beauty of the natural world but also the destructive nature of the natural world. Originally the pieces that make the overall sculpture came from ceramic plates and were broken down and formed to create the given look.
Material – Are you drawn to it because of the material it is made from?
The use of taking existing objects and destroying them and re integrating them in a sculptural and nature based forms especially in ceramics is an interesting and more occurring way of making that I have noticed since the start of Maker what makes the idea appealing is the manipulation of existing objects that create individual unique items and stands out from most practical practices that use existing influences in the practical outcome but completely made by hand on the final physical object.
Craftsmanship – Is it the virtuosity of skill evident in the object?
Looking at Zemer’s work there is obvious craftsmanship in the structure and layout of the pieces as well as giving the look of a fragile state and the look of something you want to touch but won’t due to the worry of the fragile look and sharp edges.
Expression – Does it speak to you, move you, if so how?
Zemer Peled work speaks to me as it shows that a piece doesn’t necessarily have to be made from scratch and the arrangement of broken but smoothly cut pieces is interesting and the finished results have an amazing resemblance to natural elements.
Innovative – Does it inspire? Does it challenge, is it beautiful, and if so why?
I believe that this is an inspiring way of working as in a sense you recycle existing pieces into your own practice which is an ecological and cost efficient way of practicing your craft especially if this is your living. This way of working is challenging as many artists prefer to make from scratch everything they make to gain more of a sense of ownership to their work, but this way of working allows the original concept and context of the object to be explored in a new way through a different artist.