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Niigata, Japan born 1945

Spring snow 13-1 2013 Place made: Acton, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases, glazed stoneware

Dimensions: 69.0 h x 43.0 w x 43.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2013
Accession No: NGA 2013.3954
  • Satoru Hoshino was a member of the Japanese avant-garde ceramic group, Sodeisha, seeking to express the raw qualities of clay, its plasticity and materiality in large installation works. Drawing in the field, on mountain climbs, he has observed the colours and forms of lichen, reflective ice and fresh snow on rocks and interpreted these elements and textures into this powerful and physically engaging work. Hoshino also acknowledges the influence of the Canberra landscape in this development of this work, produced while he was working at the Australian National University.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
    Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design