Juliane Shibata

Moonrise, violets & irises   2015
Stoneware, porcelain, slip, oxide wash, 12.5” x 12” x 3”

“These wall pieces are some of my most recent work. The floral motifs of irises and violets are inspired by my grandmothers, who loved flowers. Leona, my maternal grandmother, decorated her home with violets, while Toshi, my Japanese American grandmother, favored irises. The Tales of Ise include a story of a man who comes across a field of blooming irises during his travels. The breathtaking sight moves him to write a poem about how much he misses his wife. Although my grandmother repeatedly tried to grow irises in her garden in Gallup, New Mexico, the climate was too dry. By forming the irises out of porcelain, I give them a permanence that eluded Toshi, and evoke ideas of home and family, both actual and left behind.”

あやめとすみれは花が好きだった私の祖母を表しています。母方の祖母レオナはすみれでうちを飾り、日系アメリカ人の祖母、トシはあやめが好きでした。伊勢物語には旅の途中であやめの咲き誇る大地にたどり着く男の話があります。息をのむような景色の中に感動し、男は妻を思う歌を詠むのです。ニューメキシコ州ギャロップの庭で祖母は何度もあやめを育てようとしましたが、気候はとても乾燥していました。磁器であやめを作ることによって、私はトシの思いを永遠とし、今と過去にある家庭と家族の意味を見いだしています。

– Juliane Shibata

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