Lale Demir Oransay’s Precise Ceramic Structures

The relationship between functionality and the forms of organisms in nature imitate human life and art. Ceramics artist Lale Demir Oransay, in her series of complex structural and geometric shapes, explores what can be found in a small particle of a molecular structure.

The forms the artist makes are influenced by such things as the human spinal cord, spider webs and micro structures which are then built to a large scale using mathematical calculations.

Since commencing her academic research into structure, texture and repetition in 2003, Lale Demir continues to search for opportunities to apply her theories to ceramic forms. Inclined towards the work of Fibonacci (c.1175-c.1250), who is acknowledged for popularizing the Hindu-Arabic numeral system in the western world, Lale Demir utilizes order, harmony and balance in her forms. The ‘units’ she designs and makes can be reproduced an infinite number of times in accrescent or decrescent assemblages.

Constantly returning to nature for inspiration, Lale Demir avoids mimesis by utilizing computer aided design programs to push her works further from naturally formed molecular structures into unique configurations and compositions of her own making.

Influenced by structures in nature that include the human spinal cord, fish bones, spider webs, these micro structures arise as large scale repetitive sculptures which are systematically organized by mathematical calculations.