On view

American, 1951
Deep Dive, 2020
Glazed ceramic, painted hardwood, steel
39 x 38 x 20 in. (99.1 x 96.5 x 50.8 cm)
Collection of the Artist and Pace Gallery
Photo by Phoebe d'Heurle
Deep Dive brings disparate elements together into an organic, vibrant composition. The work showcases vivid chartreuse ceramics punctuated by a shock of electric blue glaze, carefully balanced on a hardwood element—part of which is painted a dark burgundy, and part of which is capped with blackened steel.

Further into the gallery, Truly (2023) and Girlfriend (2024) are additional examples of Shechet’s mixed-media sculptures. In creating these constructed works, Shechet draws upon the rich library of materials she has amassed at her Kingston studio—extensive selections of wood and ceramic parts salvaged from previous projects. This natural inclination towards construction has been expanded dramatically in her new large-scale sculptures on view outside. Shechet says, “I’m always constructing. I’m always putting things together. I have always been doing that with wood, steel, and ceramic, or even just parts of ceramic going together. It’s a very natural thing."