New York

Nancy Fried

Grahm Modern

The intensity of Nancy Fried’s ceramic sculptures has always come from their grounding in autobiography. In the mid ’80s Fried was making small, painted terra-cotta works that presented isolated female figures in various extreme emotional states. Their loneliness, despair, hatred, and longing were linked to Fried’s own feelings, and represented a cathartic purging for the artist of painful early experiences. Autobiography still drives Fried’s work. Since undergoing a radical mastectomy, a bilateral ovarian cystectomy, and an appendectomy, the artist has begun making small terra-cotta heads and torsos that express her emotional reactions to these operations. These sculptures might be understood as the products of an advanced stage of mourning, in which an individual begins to accept the loss of an object. There are 18 terra-cotta sculptures here, 14 of which are one-breasted torsos, violently

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