Sasha Koozel Reibstein
Reibstein's work is centered around ideas of transformation, mystery and the sublime. She wants to probe the boundaries of our understanding of ourselves and the world around us by creating forms that are simultaneously recognizable and enigmatic, evoking equal parts curiosity and unease. Reibstein often plays with balance and fragility in these forms through tenuous and off kilter drip formations that simultaneously appear to be rising and falling, abstractly depicting creatures either on the brink of collapse or mid-awakening.
The materiality of her work also incorporates this transformative element as malleable clay becomes permanently altered into ceramic through fire and cultivated crystals react to moisture and sunlight, allowing them to slowly evolve over time with subtle alterations of color and surface quality. Both of these materials inherently contain an element of mystery, inspiring alchemy and wonder. Her usage of glitter has a similar aim, taking advantage of its mysterious origin and allure. It has been theorized that our attraction to glitter is based in our instinctual need to seek out the sparkle of fresh water for sustenance and survival, allowing us to have a universal attraction to its iridescence and shimmer.
Recent works have also included more representational elements, depicting flora, fauna and rock which merge and metamorphize from one into the other. These are inspired by the vanitas tradition, exploring mortality and our ephemeral life cycle. Through this combination of realism and fantasy, these works aim to create an immersive experience of wonder that evokes contemplation about beauty and the unknown.
Sasha Koozel Reibstein | Are You Okay In The Dark?22 Jan - 5 Mar 2022 LA JOLLA | 7722 GirardAre You Okay In The Dark? is a selection of recent ceramic sculptures by San Diego-based artist and curator Sasha Koozel Reibstein. Transformation and the sublime are ideas central to...
A Large Group of Small Artworks at 7722 Girard Avenue11 Dec 2021 - 15 Jan 2022 LA JOLLA | 7722 GirardTo close out our 40th year, Quint Gallery is using the 7722 Girard Avenue gallery to show a large grouping of small works, including painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture. Doors...
Sasha Koozel Reibstein | Antivenom20 Jul - 14 Sep 2019 Quint Gallery | 5171 Santa FeQuint Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, SASHA KOOZEL REIBSTEIN: Antivenom. This is the first solo exhibition at the gallery for the artist. The exhibition opens...