Consistent themes in Uravitch’s art are color, pattern, texture, and a sense of whimsy. Here we witness a decided commitment to romance over representation, in order to accurately invoke an essential aspect of function, which is more than the sum of its parts. Drawing influences from the natural world, studying flora and fauna that have unusual forms and surfaces, Uravitch multiplies nature toward the absurd in pursuit of evocation. She is continuously inspired by the “more is more” style of Baroque and Rococo architecture and art objects, driven by the sense of awe one feels when overly stimulated by intricacies. She takes the notion of usefulness to places Mario Praz would likely have considered absurd—literally invoking toys for the dining experience. The works function as spectacularly decorative, stand-alone sculptures when not in use, but the full theatrical effect rises to the point of glorious excess when she commits to a narrative tableau. Then we begin to fully experience the completeness of Uravitch’s world. Individual objects, once removed from their environment, become tangible memories we carried from a dream.
Uravitch received her MFA in ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a BFA from College for Creative Studies Center for Art and Design in Detroit. She currently is a lecturer at the University Wisconsin–Stout. Uravitch was part of the 2016 Lydon Emerging Artist Program at the Pittsburgh Society of Contemporary Craft.
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