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Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi

Hi! I’m Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi, an artist and art educator from Buffalo, NY. I’m so excited to have a piece entitled “Stacked” in this year’s The Cup, The Mug exhibit.

Duet by Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi—Slip cast ceramic, underglaze transfers
Duet by Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi—Slip cast ceramic, underglaze transfers

I am fairly new to the ceramics scene, and this is my second time exhibiting at Main Street Arts. Though I have moved throughout the artistic spectrum from photography to digital collage to ceramics (mostly due to my career as a high school art teacher), I feel that working three dimensionally has become my mainstay.

Inertia by Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi—Slip cast ceramic with glaze (included in Small Works)

For about fifteen years now I have been experimenting with a sculptural process that is closer to assemblage than it is with traditional functional ceramics. Working with plaster molds, most of which have been salvaged from grandmother’s basements or now-defunct pottery businesses, I pour simpler geometric forms that I deconstruct and then reassemble into a functional piece.

Most of the pieces I create are teapots: I reimagine lids as spouts, handles as feet, or rims as handles. Many times, I pour several forms and store them until I can use them as a collage artist would use paper- I don’t always have a clear idea of what the final piece will look like. Play is really important to my process- and it allows me to push the limits of what the forms can be.

Ceramic piece in progress by Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi
Ceramic piece in progress by Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi

Most of my work has been on the functional side, (although often times the piece’s function is subverted in a way that renders it more sculptural) but I do like to wander over to making non-functional pieces as well. Most important to me is the structure. I love coming up with new combinations like an architect might design a postmodern space.

Nature often appears in my work as well, particularly our human interactions with and often segregation from it.

You can find my work at linwoodmodern.myportfolio.com, and on Instagram, @linwood_modern.

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