My sculptural work would not be possible without the experience and vocabulary I collected through many years of working as a production potter because I push pots where physics doesn’t want them to go. By risking technical failure in the process of creating the forms, I am able to attain a complexity, dynamism, and litheness of form. The technical risks are a corollary to another type of risk—one that reinterprets a folk figurine tradition and pushes it to its limits. It is a reinterpretation of this tradition that combines narrative and form that I am able to synthesize pots with fairytales in a way that tests the boundaries of each and results in an uncanny union—one which evokes all manner of stories about dolls, puppets and statues coming to life. It is a union at once wonderful, elegant and fanciful but also at times uncomfortable and awkward. It is a union in which one glimpses the ominous side of stories at once revealed and concealed in figurines, fairytales, fables and myths—anything from playful Gepettos, luring Sirens and Frankenstein’s monster to the real-world figures and narratives which have affinities with such characters and tales. This is the boundary to which we are called in this body of work.
Gerit Grimm was born, and grew up in Halle, German Democratic Republic. In 1995, she finished her apprenticeship, learning the traditional German trade as a potter at the “Altbürgeler blau-weiss GmbH” in Bürgel, Germany and worked as a Journeyman for Joachim Jung in Glashagen, Germany. She earned an Art and Design Diploma in 2001 studying ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany. In 2002, she was awarded with the German DAAD Government Grant for the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where she graduated with an MA in 2002. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. She has taught at CSULB, Pitzer College, Doane College and MSU Bozeman and has worked at major residencies like Mc Coll Center, Bemis Center, Kohler Arts & Industry Program and Archie Bray Foundation. In 2009 NET Television created “Fantasia in Clay” a Nebraska Story about artist Gerit Grimm. Grimm now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.