Mori Aya, Japanese, born 1989 Physarum, 2017 Glazed stoneware 39 × 35 1/2 × 27 in. Gift of David T. Frank and Kazukuni Sugiyama 2017.140.1
Living Clay: Artists Respond to Nature
March 23, 2019 - December 8, 2019
Galleries 251, 252, 253
From the golden age of Japanese ceramics at the turn of the 17th century to the avant-garde movements in the postwar era and up to the present day, Japanese ceramicists have sought inspiration in the natural world. This exhibition highlights the work of more than a dozen living Japanese women clay artists whose primarily nonfunctional works represent diverse evocations of or responses to the natural world. Organized in thematic groupings, such as micronature, aquatics, and flora, the exhibition presents recent ceramic works inspired by everything from cells and mold spores to snails and leaves in conversation with contemporary works in other media.