Catolonia, along with Denmark, are two of Europe’s most exciting arenas for contemporary ceramics. Joan Serra is unquestionably one of its very best exponents. New work for his first Puls exhihition shows him to be a master of dialogue with Nature. Abstract compositions of cracked and melted clay are a powerful sequence of visual almost geologic events. He breaks, deforms, alters, and over-fires; cracking and melting his clay into a form of miniaturized Land Art. Serra’s is the chaos of fire taken to its limits; a witness to the violence of earth that confirms yet glorifies our minuscule human scale. Some pieces take cracking and melting to an irreversible stage, an Armageddon of clay. They collapse, fall over, disintegrate or simply melt, creating an aura of mystery surrounding the volatile destinies of Nature. Everything has a beginning and an end; his ceramic pieces reflect that reality with pure clarity.
Joan Serra has won many awards with his work but more importantly he is stimulating new horizons for ceramic art.