Pálma Babos °1961, Hungary
A national and international prize winner as both a ceramic artist and industrial designer, Pálma Babos is in a long running love affair with the plasticity and functionality of porcelain. “My first encounter with porcelain as a means of expression occurred when I was at university. Its lyric poetry touched me. The process of creating porcelain objects can be compared to the writing of a sonnet. Each of these creative acts is controlled by strict rules and the even more stringent discipline imposed by the materials - whether clay or words. At its best, the end result of both can be soul-baring art of the highest order. Over the years, I have worked so much with this material that I am quite literally able to dream with it.”
These Tower Sculptures and the individuals - seen and unseen - that inhabit them pose both a question and a challenge. Has the artist created images of a future doom that awaits us all? Or are these pieces a statement about the unconquerable human creative spirit that can survive any cataclysm, natural or man-made? Titles such as Memories from the Future, The Smoky Town, Collapsing Tower, White Town, and Porcelain City make us curious to know more about their inhabitants - the individuals and pairs that make up a society that creates art and science.
Pálma Babos known for her skyscraper structures returns to PULS after an absence of nearly 4 years. Babos is an international prize winner as both ceramic artist and industrial designer. She builds signature fragile, yet un-wielding structures known as ‘towers’. ‘What kind of a city is this?’ the viewer will wonder when looking at her sculptures. Is it a visual representation of a catastrophe or future doom? Or is it a building full of complex passions? Babos’ buildings turn humans, as they act, crumble and collapse under some unnamed but quite unavoidable force.