Matsuda Yuriko 松田百合子 Japanese, b. 1943

In the tradition of American Pop Art, Matsuda Yuriko's whimsical works transform familiar, everyday objects into colorful flights of imagination. Here, the traditional materials of porcelain and enamel glaze have been transformed into a Warholian rendition of a woman's butt. Her use of familiar, even boring, items as subjects in her eccentric work has a transformative effect: though we know that this is a shoe, it is unlike any shoe we have ever experienced. This strange quality pulls the viewer into the piece, demanding further investigation. Matsuda finds inspiration in French artist Henri Matisse's use of vibrant, unnatural color in his paintings. Matsuda's work, however, remains deeply original in its essential zest for the things of everyday life.