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- Object: Flatland: Scattered Field
Square panel of red lacquer (over plywood core), with embedded metal pieces, including cutter blades, washers, needles, fish-hooks and staples.
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Height: 60 centimetres
Width: 60 centimetres
Depth: 2.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Ishizuka's Flatland series was inspired by the satirical eponymous novel of 1884 by the British author Edwin A. Abbott, in which the characters inhabit a two-dimensional world. Ishizuka embeds three-dimensional metal objects in a two-dimensional format, although in fact these sit at different levels within the layers of lacquer. This work, Scattered Field, was inspired by a photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Ishizuka studied at Kyoto City University of Arts and spent time at the Royal College of Art in London. His efforts to develop the lacquer craft were recognized in 2019 when he received the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize.
The Museum has a strong representation of early modern lacquer (17th to 19th centuries) and three examples of contemporary lacquer practice in traditional styles. However, Ishizuka's work is a bold departure from traditional practice in its expressive qualities and presents a starkly different approach to lacquer.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 30 June 2022
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