The female body is always present or implied in Elsa Sahal’s intoxicating ceramic sculptures. Her encyclopedic fascination with Picasso’s bodies led to a new series of works that fuses two of the master’s most iconic subjects: bathers and harlequins. Consisting mostly of contorting legs, arms, and molten torsos, Sahal’s disembodied forms are at once vaguely sexual and slyly humorous. Two air-borne, bone-white objects remind of the voluptuously intertwined performance of trapeze artists. Here, Sahal plays with glazes that hint at some sort of inner personality– leaving one raw and natural the other smooth and refined. Humor and poise merge in two “Clowness” sculptures where graceful female torsos showcase Sahal’s innate grasp of skin color and texture. A smattering of clown noses save them from megalomania. Adorned with the iconic rhombus motif and joined phallus-like at the hip, “Harlequins Duo”, 2019, is suffused with such nonchalant movement and grace, one half expects the pair strolling off the plinth. Dancing on the periphery between playfulness and gravitas, Sahal’s captivating ceramic practice tests the malleability of the medium whilst simultaneously evoking the weight of corporeality and the lightness of the human spirit. At Nathalie Karg through June 15.