Community. Engagement. Advocacy. Humor.
Etsuko Tashima. "Cornucopia 09-Y3," 2010. Slip-covered stoneware and cast glass
20 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches.
Courtesy the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
A ceramic pot, although it may be hollow, is completely impermeable to light. Glass on the other hand, is a material which invites ones gaze steadily inwards to its core, and ultimately seems to draw in the light.
Etsuko Tashima combines these two media with their opposing characteristics to crate new forms. At the edges of the pale, delicately glazed pottery she makes a point of revealing the ground to assert its identity as clay. She speaks of her chosen subject of plants as follows:
“Plants have beautifully regular and ordered geometrical forms. Rather than finding this strange I feel a sort of admiration.” In her search for beautiful forms Tashima combines clay with new materials in an attempt to express the infinite wonder of plants.