David Sackett ( they/them )

Artist Statement

In my functional ceramics, I explore the delicate balance between fluidity and stasis, merging the ethereal with the concrete to challenge the interplay of belief and causality. Rooted in a dynamic blend of traditional forms and contemporary fantasy, these pieces harmoniously balance myth with function. They begin as intimate forms, transformed through expressive brushwork and rich colors, rigid in structure while embracing idiosyncrasy and spontaneity, leading to constant evolution. Viewers are invited to question the connection between concept and reality while celebrating the transformative power of everyday objects.

Simultaneously, my work investigates the gap between concept and reality, attempting to force the viewer to question their own preconceived notions. The objects I create serve as a communicative force where the construction of a fantasy questions reality related to myth, technology, and mysticism within contemporary culture. Fundamentally, my work aims to show the viewer an index of possibilities of how, through the object, meaning is derived, expands, and collapses back upon itself.


David Sackett is an artist born in Miami, Florida, currently residing and working in the Charlotte, NC area. With a keen interest in the object as a dynamic interplay between concept and physicality, Sackett creates artwork that not only embraces idiosyncrasy but also challenges broader cultural contexts. Collaborating frequently with their partner Liliya Zalevskaya, both artists are active members of the Goodyear Arts Collective. Sackett holds an AFA from Gaston College, a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.