Statement

 Posy ring (detail)_Shibata
Posy ring (detail)   2014

My botanical installations reflect on relationships between humans and the natural world. Flowers and plants have a defined lifespan – they grow, bloom, fade, and decompose. Ceramics are durable – they can last millennia. I am interested in the contrast between the transience of nature and the relative stability of fired ceramics, in beauty that can be both ephemeral and enduring.

Drawing from the repetition inherent in nature, I use multiples to engage the viewer. The labor involved in detailed handwork lends a preciousness and distinctiveness to each ceramic object, and I am attracted to the rhythm generated when forms recur and begin to energize the space around them. The color, finish, design, and placement of individual ceramic pieces are essential in evoking quiet and introspective narratives.

 

Convergence_Shibata

Convergence  2015
Photo credit: Peter Lee