The work of Eric Serritella is a paean to nature, offered in clay. His trompe l’oeil ceramic sculptures are effigies of nature burned by man. His forms echo natural organisms so perfectly, so poignantly, the wounds and scars he carves into their flesh register with a palpable pain. But in depicting the destruction wrought by humans on the earth, Serritella remains an optimist. He sows seeds of hope beneath the ruin; a bud beneath the charred forest floor, waiting to emerge. Serritella tells us that nature will survive long past our time here on earth. Decay is merely the process of nature reassembling itself; breaking down, changing form, and – like a fresh lump of clay – transforming into something new.
Serritella's work has found a home in the most prestigious of collections, worldwide, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mint Museum, Everson Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Phoenix Airport Museum, Appleton Museum of Art, Memorial Art Gallery, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center, John F. Peto Studio Museum, Kamm Teapot Foundation, Cornell University Plantations Visitors Center, me Collectors Room, Stiftung Olbricht, Germany, China Changchun International Ceramics Gallery, China, Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Arts Institute, China, and Shui-Li Snake Kiln and Cultural Park, Taiwan.