SHIGEMATSU Ayumi | Bone Ear '96-11
SHIGEMATSU Ayumi 重松あゆみ(1958-)
Bone Ear '96-11 骨の耳, 1996
Green:H9.9" x D9.4" x W6.2", H25.2 x D24 x W16cm
Blue: H7.6" x D6.2" x W6.2", H19.4 x D15.8 x W16cm
Shigematsu studied with Suzuki Osamu 鈴木治 (1926-2001) in Kyoto City University of Arts. She then became the very few early female ceramic professor at her alma mater. She is among the vanguard of women who have become influential in molding a new generation of ceramists, among whom are to be found an increasingly large number of women.
Her work takes on an organic appearance. She has said of her own creative process that rather than making aesthetic choices exclusively with her mind, "I don't have any sketch nor idea about form before I start. I start with clay maquette, like as thinking by hands. The mystery of evolution or mathematics always inspires me. I am trying to catch the wonders of all living things and express it through my work with color and tactile quality."
She prefers an array of pastel colors, highly unusual for ceramics. This represents a significant rebellion against the norm that clay work should only look like clay. Erotically charged, complex associations and aesthetic daring mark Shigematsu as a challenging artist. "As soon as I start to make a piece, I think directly in the language of the clay. ...as I manipulate a small chunk of clay in my hand, it takes on a variety of shapes. ...I feel as though my fingertips select genetically recorded shapes... I am drawn to strange forms which have both and pleasant and unpleasant aspects."
Selected Public Collection:
Everson Museum of Art, Smith College Museum of Art, Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Crafts Gallery, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo