Martha Rieger often works with the shape and symbolism of eggs, encapsulated worlds that are charged with potential and hope of the unborn, but also with an anxiety of the unknown. Alongside her curiosity with the perfect shape of bubbles always on the verge of bursting, Rieger’s “Cocoons” mark a transition from the full to the empty. The shape of the Cocoons originates with the metamorphosis in the life of a caterpillar into a butterfly, an incubator – also called “Pupal State” – that shelters the larva from contact with the outer world while morphing a new identity and transforming into its next stage. For many months in China, she studied the hand-forming process of hollow ceramic sculptures, as can be seen in her work.
Martha Rieger’s work is featured in Lilienthal Gallery’s exhibition, Metamorphosis.