Krista Grecco

Artist Statement

I am infatuated with nostalgia, pleasure and pain intertwine to form a melancholic interpretation of the past. Tattered stuffed animals, well-loved toys, trinkets and old photographs serve as my tangible mementos- they encapsulate the joys, humiliations and heartaches of my personal history. Nostalgia takes me through a range of raw emotions, from the sugar-sweet to the acidic sour. This duality of “sweet and sour” is at the core of my work, it guides every conceptual and formal choice that I make. My work should evoke ideas of love, beauty and happiness but it must be tempered with awkwardness, longing and pain.

As a fraternal twin I grew up as part of a pair, two differing individuals that moved as one unit. I prefer having, and being, a companion and explore this often in my work. Relationships between two forms (human and animal) are common as well as solitary forms supported by multiples (figure/animal adorned with abstract shapes, crowns, jewels etc.). I draw inspiration from close relationships and endeavor to illustrate the stories of those who have shared their lives with me. They are imperfect, honest and personal with a touch of sadness for the passing of time.


B.F.A. Alfred University, magna cum laude, Divisional Honors in Ceramics

M.F.A. The Ohio State University, Graduate Fellowship

Krista Grecco is a ceramic sculptor and Professor of Fine Art and Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the recipient of a CERF+ Get Ready Grant and the SCAD Presidential Fellowship which supported, in part, her solo exhibition Pedigree at Gallerie Maya Guidi during the Parcours Céramique Carougeois biennial in Geneva, Switzerland. She authored an article about her experience preparing for the event, “Making Pedigree: an experimental attitude opens new doors”, published in Ceramics: TECHNICAL magazine in 2017.

Grecco’s work is also featured in 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, published by Lark Books as well as Ceramics: Art and Perception, American Craft, New Ceramics and Ceramics Monthly magazines. In addition to exhibiting regularly in the U.S. and Europe, her sculptural works can be found in numerous prominent collections in the U.S. and Europe including the Ariana Museum of Ceramics and Glass in Geneva, Switzerland and the Delta Sky Room at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, GA.