Spinning Air from Clay: The Ceramic Art of Satoko Fujikasa

September 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, Fields Ballroom, Mark Building

Open to the public with no charge.
No reservations necessary.

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

The 2015 Mildred Schnitzer Memorial Lecture in Asian Art

Satoko Fujikasa, at age 35, is gathering international attention as one of the most innovative ceramic artists working in Japan today. A native of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Fujikasa received both her BFA and MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts. She fashions her sculptures by kneading clay into coils and hand-building the shape. In her hands, this most ancient method of forming clay leads to astonishing creations that appear lighter than air—as though they are embodiments of wind itself.

Fresh from her first solo exhibition in New York. Fujikasa will present an overview of her career and working methods. The lecture will be in Japanese with English translation.

Fujikasa’s work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and other prominent museums in Japan, the U.S., and France. The Portland Art Museum added Fujikasa’s Flow #1 (2011) to its collection in 2013, thanks to funds provided by the Museum’s Asian Art Council, and the sculpture is featured in the current exhibition Hand and Wheel: Contemporary Japanese Clay (on view at the Museum through October 18).

This lecture is made possible by the Mildred Schnitzer Memorial Lecture Fund and the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.


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