Write Around PAM: Fujikasa Satoko

Flow #1. Fujikasa Satoko, 2011. Stoneware with matte white slip. 26 ⅛ inches high x 27 inches wide x 23 ⅛ inches deep. This sculpture resembles a light, flowing fabric garment billowing weightlessly in the wind. The sculpture touches the display surface in two points. The contact on the right is small and pointed. The material appears to flow upward and outward to the left from this point. The material flowing to the left twists and unfolds into a large round billow that has a strong sense of movement. The material moving upward from the point flows up in a thin, vertical flow that twists and opens into a funnel shape with multiple layers unfolding along the outer edges.

Even though the official start of spring is still a week away, we can feel the shift in the season. This piece by Fujikasa Satoko feels like a perfect embodiment of springtime—bursting forth, flowing, bringing energy and light into our days. A celebrated Japanese ceramicist, Fujikasa transforms clay into astonishing creations that appear lighter than air—as though they are embodiments of wind itself. Fujikasa has said that her goal is to express nature’s vital force—the vitality of constant change—in her work. We invite you to use this piece as inspiration for today’s freewrite and to learn more about this artist and her work from the Poster Project.

We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 8 mins and just keep your pen or pencil moving.

Rising to the surface… / Spring feels like…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the spring. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM 

Fujikasa Satoko, Flow #1, 2011, stoneware with matte white slip, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by The Asian Art Council, © Fujikasa Satoko, 2013.15.1

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