Living and working in Chicago, IL, Zachary Weber draws endless inspiration from the aesthetic, political, and conceptual conditions the city and his studio offers. Using a spirited and conservative interplay of color, form, and space, his ceramic works (most notably his Seedling series (2022-) represent exchanges of chaos and control in the pursuit of balance and unity. Weber removes and later attempts to integrate pre-existing materials into a more generous sum. His Bouquets series (2022-) are viewed as distilled attempts at finding new spaces to generate awareness. Cutouts from walled vessels, often referencing simple geometries, are reintegrated upwards, carefully negotiated into a visual harmony. “Light acts as a medium by which one can view the surface but also the interior", Weber explains regarding his practice as a whole. The artist’s Smiley Vase works (2022-) depict gleeful and often tearful expressions spray-painted onto porcelain amphoras.