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Shozo Michikawa’s Ceramic Sculptures Are An Ode To Natural Topography

In his Silverlens show, Haiku In Clay, the Hokkaido-born artist presents a new collection of fifteen functional art pieces


Shozo Michikawa’s second solo show with Silverlens continues to take inspiration from his birthplace, Hokkaido, with its geography of topographical contrasts from mountain greens to volcanic plateaus in a new collection of fifteen works.


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Installation view of "Haiku In Clay" by Shozo Michikawa at Silverlens Galleries, Manila | Courtesy of Silverlens Galleries


The ceramicist’s signature style of twisting clay from the inside without disturbing the exterior as the wheel turns gives the works a uniquely sculptural form where movement becomes an abstraction.


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Detail of "Natural Ash" by Shozo Michikawa on view at "Haiku In Clay" at Silverlens Galleries, Manila. | Courtesy of Silverlens Galleries
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Photos do not articulate the heft and space each piece allows as if they were portable mountains themselves, breaking away from expectations that ceramics should be light and easy to use. In transforming images from nature into art, the works challenge one to think about their apartness and encounters in the natural world in the face of impending climate change.

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Installation view of "Haiku In Clay" by Shozo Michikawa at Silverlens Galleries, Manila | Courtesy of Silverlens Galleries


This video below shows the artist in action:





Don't miss Shozo Michikawa's Haiku In Clay through October 22, 2022,  at SILVERLENS, 2263 Chino Roces Ave, Ave, Makati, 1231 Metro Manila.  Contact  0917 587 4011 or visit silverlensgalleries.com for inquiries.


Words by Joyce Roque