Shapes of Comfort at the Wehrmuehle Biesenthal

Until 08 August 2021

A dynamic exhibition of ceramics exploring the relationship between natural shapes, sensation and comfort. Shapes of Comfort is curated by Courtauld alumni Elizaveta Petrova, alongside Tjioe Meyer Hecken and Jakub Kubica.

Image: Jack Hare.

Curatorial Statement

Shapes of Comfort


When the space in between stretches hollow, how can we fill the void?


The pursuit of comfort gently guides us back to regeneration’s primordial source: the natural world. If comfort insulates from emptiness, paves the way for renewal, nature is comfort’s foremost wellspring. In nature, as with art, sensation comes to the fore. Its embrace quietens the void’s silence. In this stillness, elemental impulses initiate anew, creating space for connection and healing.


Tethered to the earth, the practice of ceramics is a vessel for nature’s comfort; transmitting energy from the ground into the artist’s hands, relinquishing its matter to their whim. Imbued with intuition, natural matter finds new form; receiving the imprint of its sculptor’s expression, an invitation.


As witnesses to the meditative act of creation, to time’s uneven passage, ceramics, and their contours embody not only physical comfort but spiritual courage: a quiet reminder that without enduring the void’s passage, there can be no emergence; no reconnection.

featured work

Part of the 'Species of Space' series by Berlin-based sculptor and designer

Yasmin Bawa.

Lady L by Berlin-based artist Margaret Rae Flatley.

Left: Korob, Right: Tues by ceramic artist Ivan Belyaev.

Series of Masks by Russian artist Anastasia Pilepchuk. 

Above images by Jack Hare.

Other featured artists include Yulia Batyrova, Iva Drekalovic, Davide Monald and Alena Muhina.

Download the exhibition catalogue here.