Iva Haas is a sculptural ceramic artist born in 1993 and raised in Belgrade Serbia. She graduated from School for Design Belgrade in 2012, majoring in graphic design. Afterward, she attended Faculty of Applied Arts Belgrade before transferring to Maine College of Art in Portland Maine, graduating in 2016 and focusing in ceramics. Iva got her MFA in 2018 from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2016 she was a summer artist and resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. The summer of the same year she was an artist and resident at the Studio 740, run and owned by Beth Cavener and Alessandro Gallo. In 2018 she was a part of the National Student Juried Exhibition at NCECA and received a Graduate Award for Excellence. Currently, she is a long-term artist and resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts.
Concrete war monuments, decaying military hospitals, tall yellow grass, all coalesce as a combined caricature that acquires a new peculiar personality. Iva looks at her past, her peoples’ past and try to create an object that memorializes what is still in decay.
Her work explores the interactions of everyday experiences into sculptural representations of pleasure and absurdity, an insight into what she loves and repels in other people. In her sculptures, Iva incorporates clay and other materials such as wood, metal, and fabric. Daily interactions resonate with her creativity where nothing and no one goes unnoticed.