Stefi Gruenberg

I have been lucky enough to make art for more than 60 years.
When I was a child I wanted a horse. Because I couldn’t have one I learned to draw them. That is how I became an artist. I was making lemonade out of lemons. For me art has always been about lemonade rather than social commentary or protest.
I have been influenced by Chinese art, Greek art and particularly ancient cave art.
I fell in love with clay at UCLA. The permanence of clay and its association with man from the earliest times makes me say that “I hope that my art will be what they find when they dig up our civilization in 10,000 years.” I find that I gravitate to “low-tech” processes. Sometimes I say that “I don’t do anything with clay that the average cave man couldn’t do.

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