the artist

Paula Winokur

Paula Winokur

Philadelphia, PA

Paula Winokur

Porcelain is a material usually thought of as delicate, fragile, and transparent. Considered the primary clay from which all other clays are derived, it comes from the earth as pure white, strong, and durable.  When fired, it can resemble both snow and ice, depending on surface texture and treatment.  Porcelain attracted me because of these qualities, rather than its transparency.  I have chosen to work with this clay because it has allowed me to explore issues in the landscape without making literal interpretations.

My work has been influenced by information gathered at various “sites”, places in the natural environment that I have responded to visually.  The earth itself particularly cliffs, ledges, crevices, and canyons: the effects of wind, earthquakes, glaciers, and natural phenomenon such as geological “shifts” and “faults” interest me.  In Iceland and Greenland, I observed calving glaciers and huge icebergs.  The works shown here are indeed abstractions of what I might have seen in my travels and some are informed by information gathered in various locations.  For example, the knowledge that icebergs float with 2/3 of their mass below the water and only the "tip" showing above has been the idea behind a series of wall pieces.  It is not my intention to create literal images of what I remember but rather to present to the viewer the ideas lurking in my memory.

Fast Facts

Name: Paula Winokur


Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA B.F.A., B.S.Ed., 1958
State University of New York at Alfred, NY, College of Ceramics, Summer, 1958

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Rudolf Staffel

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences:
The environment in general and specifically the immense geologic formations of Mesa Verde, the Rocky Mountains, Stonehenge, Alaska and Iceland.

Admired artists:
Louise Nevelson, Michael Heizer, Carl Andre, Richard Long, Richard Serra, Olafur Eliasson, Steven De Staebler

Favorite materials or media:

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA (professor emerita), 1973-2003

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia

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