COMING TO LIFE: VERNAL EXPRESSIONS IN CLAY
New Work by Hattori Makiko
MAY 2, 2023 – JUNE 16, 2023
This spring, two Japanese ceramic artists, still early in their careers, consider the timely themes of birth and growth in all new works created for Joan B Mirviss LTD. Artist Hattori Makiko presents highly textural sculptures that recall natural forms such as nests or eggs. Through her latest exploration of vernal themes, she strives to express a sustained wonder at the miraculous and delicate nature of life.
In her second solo exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD, Hattori Makiko (b. 1984) exhibits her richly textured sculptural forms covered in thousands of bundled ribbons of clay. Each strand is so fine and delicate that it is pulled and gathered using a needle and then painstakingly applied, one by one. Through this extraordinarily time-consuming process, Hattori meticulously covers the entire exterior and interior surfaces of each work. The overall effect of such subtle handiwork is a surface rippling with mysterious crevices, like a coral reef teeming with life. She does not glaze or apply color, so as to further draw close attention to the form and its sharply defined texture. Due to the time required to create even one such intricate sculpture, we are fortunate to present seven astonishing sculptures in Coming to Life, representing two years of steadfast production.
"My work is made by simple steps repeated many times over a very long period of time. I discovered, however, that I was not repeating the exact same steps. My work changes every day, almost imperceptibly, just as I am slowly changing as an artist and as a person. By working steadily as I do now, I look forward to seeing what kind of small but significant changes will emerge from my work in the future."
- Hattori Makiko
Hattori Makiko's work can be found in the collections of many museums across the United States, including: the Chazen Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI; Cincinnati Art Museum, OH; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; and Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Additionally, her work is in the permanent collections of major international museums such as the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; and the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, Paris, France, where her sculpture was exhibited and published last year.
Coming to Life: Vernal Expressions in Clay opens on May 2, 2023 and runs through June. The exhibition will feature seven new sculptural works created exclusively for Joan B Mirviss LTD. The gallery is open to visitors weekdays, 11am to 6pm and by appointment. Coming to Life will also be accessible online at www.mirviss.com
ABOUT JOAN B MIRVISS LTD
With more than forty-five years of experience, Joan B. Mirviss is a pillar in the field of Japanese art. As a dealer, scholar, curator, and advisor, she has been the driving force championing the top Japanese clay artists, who she represents exclusively, and whose works she has placed in major museums around the globe. Widely published as a highly respected expert, Mirviss has built many institutional and private collections of Japanese art. JOAN B MIRVISS LTD exhibits modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, ukiyo-e, and Japanese paintings from its exclusive Madison Avenue location in New York City.
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