University for the Creative Arts - Farnham : Shima Kara Shima E (From Island to Island)
An exhibition of collaborative ceramics by Ashley Howard and Risa Ohgi. Reception: 4th December 2014, 7 to 8pm
Also: Shima Kara Shima E: Symposium Thursday 4th December 2014 from 1.30 to 5pm W612, UCA, Farnham.
"I believe that replication has played a significant role in western studio pottery, and that a ‘faux-Japanese' look and style can become something of a cliché. Shima Kara Shima E aims to acknowledge the separate ceramic traditions of East and West and explore ways in which they may sit literally side by side. I hope this exhibition will provoke a re-evaluation of the East-West relationship in ceramics."
Generally speaking, the intermingling between two or more characters bring forth something new, but at the same time the comparison with others often leads to highlight one's personality. It gives the effect to outline clearly something which already existed vaguely. Every cultural attraction I was drawn to influenced my ceramic work. As my knowledge of foreign countries deepen, my works become more and more abundant with the identity of myself as a Japanese person. Ashley Howard must also have had these experiences in the process of his deepening understanding of Japanese culture and spirituality.
This project began when Ashley Howard became intrigued with the surface patterns of a stoneware dish by Risa Ohgi displayed at the International Society for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange Exhibition in 2011. This prompted a series of conversations that led Howard and Ohgi to embark on series of collaborative works, which emerged as Shima Kara Shima E (From Island to Island).
The drive behind Shima Kara Shima E is encapsulated in Harold Bloom's deconstruction of the art of poetry, The Anxiety of Influence. Bloom argued that the influence of previous artists sets up an anxiety that hinders the creative process. In his view, only ‘strong' artists - essentially, those who are capable of acknowledging rather than copying - can create original work.
For the works in this exhibition, each artist took charge of the processes they felt most close to. Howard used the wheel to produce ceramic forms, always keeping in mind Ohgi's approach to decorative mark making. Ohgi took over Howard's work using slip trailing as her main technique and covering their surfaces with leaf and flower motifs. Working around the theme of tea drinking and its associated utensils, Howard's ceramic forms are loosely inspired by historical industrial designs from Stoke-on-Trent, while Ohgi's surface decorations are informed by Japanese and Indonesian textile patterns.
This exhibition also includes a small selection of work drawn from Howard and Ohgi's respective practices. This is intended to function as a revealing counterpoint to the work produced as part of their artistic collaboration.
Makers at this event include (Members in Bold)