Thoughts of Home, 24 in. (61 cm) in height, porcelain, steel, neodymium magnets, Yoko Ono Button Mums, water, 2009.
Thoughts of Home, 24 in. (61 cm) in height, porcelain, steel, neodymium magnets, Yoko Ono Button Mums, water, 2009.

Ryan Takaba  San Antonio, Texas

Over the past five years, my work has been rooted in themes dealing with time and memory expressed through material based relationships. I am seeking to address these intangibles by finding ways to represent them through a concrete form. Memory functions as a device for the understanding and processing of a sensory experience. It is in this space between the happening and the understanding that I find most interesting.In this current body of work, I refer back to the ceramic medium’s historical core, that being function, use, and ritual. I am interested in forms that cross between sculpture, function, architecture, and design. In these works, the flower serves as a piece of architecture in the pinning, connecting, and bridging of each porcelain form. Each shape is a separate unit allowing for one to remove the water reservoir in the refilling process. I am interested in this mundane activity and how it activates new perspectives in the work.

 

Thoughts of Home, detail (click to enlarge).
Thoughts of Home, detail (click to enlarge).

Much of this work has been inspired by the architecture of the 19th century whaling era in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where I was in residence for the last three years. The simplicity and elegance of the widow’s walk is an important detail of the home, imbuing a ritualistic and mythical narrative. These imagined stories of times long past inspire the idea of each reservoir’s containment of time. 


 


This Emerging Artists 2010 article appeared in Ceramics Monthly magazine’s May 2010 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!


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