From 1945 to 1990 many great modern artists developed their work in isolation from the West under difficult circumstances behind the Iron Curtain.
Livia Gorka (1925 -2011) was a Hungarian Abstract Expressionist Potter whose work is currently being rediscovered. Livia was the rebellious daughter (she was excluded from the Academy) of Geza Gorka, a well-known “approved” potter whose work was promoted by the State.
The source of her art is nature, her typical objects are large asymmetrical vessels, idols, fish, birds, stones. She adopted the pre-wheel archaic technique of working in clay and made high-fired items of her own clay bodies, often stoneware.