This is the second in a series of posts highlighting artists from Dysfunctional, curated by Roberto Lugo, on display at Pewabic through May 14, 2017.


T-Shirt, detail 2016

Sebra Debrecht uses “tile fabrics” — interlaced porcelain, polyester string, jump rings and clasps — to encourage viewers to consider ceramic’s typically immoveable identity in her artwork T-Shirt.

“I wanted to produce art that was active and changeable to its location, either through preexisting architecture or human interaction. The malleability of these pieces allows the work to dwell in most settings by warping to any site while also manipulating the space,” says Debrecht, whose interest centers on how her pieces will influence a viewer’s connection to the space around it.

Debrecht’s work is influenced by traditional Islamic tile ornamentation and the complexity created by its repetitive simple forms. She developed her techniques working with Herend porcelain, founded in 1826, while studying abroad at the International Ceramics Studio (ICS) in Kecskemét, Hungary.

“Identifying this complexity, my work deconstructs and simplifies these patterns into my own personal interpretation,” she says.

The Dallas native received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and art history from the Kansas City Art Institute before joining The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.