Liz Zacher is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Alaska Southeast in Sitka. She has an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. Her work is ceramic and mixed-media sculpture that portrays both human and animal forms and is included in several collections, including The Ceramic Research Center at Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona, and The Dianne and Sandy Besser Collection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work was featured in an exhibition during the 2011 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Collection in Tampa, Florida. Liz has been teaching clay to students of all ages for over 10 years.
“Head Shakers” adds whimsical function to Zacher’s figurative ceramics, the elegant and stylised sculptural portraits redeployed as salt shakers with a few small piercings in the crown of the head. Much of Zacher’s work takes on a combinatory study of tragedy and comedy in human expression, forming caricatures that extend and meditate on subtle emotive or gestural commands conveyed in the language of the body. The choice of porcelain as a medium, combined with the delicacy of the figures framing, comments on a fragility that jostles and influences this psychological accent.