Pottery as Canvas
Morino Taimei was one of the early pioneers of Japanese ceramics to travel and teach in the United States. He finds a consistent formal clarity in his work through abstract pattern and shape. Here, the organic shape of the ceramic is echoed and complimented by the curving painted areas, again in natural tones. The central void has been carved out of the clay, revealing a small pinhole view through the piece itself. This void adds an element of mystery to the piece, while at the same time recalling such natural phenomena as water-carved stone and knotted wood. The piece also brings to mind the biomorphic abstraction of such New York artists as Theodoros Stamos and the early work of Mark Rothko. Its emphasis on the sculptural rather than the functional also holds ties to the artists of the Sodeisha movement, which was formed in 1948. The natural influences, paired with the organic line and mysterious void, lends this beautiful sculptural piece a rather poetic aura.
Untitled,1967Stoneware with wood pedestal,Ｈ12.4xW9.5x L3.5inchesSold