Nara, Japan born 1973
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, glazed porcelain
Drawing inspiration from the ceramics of Japan’s Edo period and their place in the oblique views of the ‘floating world’ of interiors depicted in Japanese prints, Kenji Uranishi has constructed this cellular and maze-like object to draw the eye inwards and outwards. Its architectural form softens to suggest an organic structure, perhaps a cross-section of an unidentifiable fibrous plant or an insect’s nest. Glazed in the limpid pale green celadon of traditional refined domestic wares, it occupies unfamiliar territory as it invites the gaze and the touch.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design