Earthenware sculpture

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dan H. Vanderlaan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Setsuya Kotani

Abstract: My exhibit consists of sixty-five sculptures cast in white earthenware clay. The work's original premise was a simple one: using the same six parts, a three and one half inch cube, two doll arms, two doll legs, and a baby's face, I set out to create a series of fantasy portraits. As my work progresses I find myself portraying less specific personal characteristics. I point a satirical finger at people, attempting to capture moments of endearing, precious, abusive, and debaucherous behaviour and freeze it into sculptural form. In catching these moments I am endeavoring to throw back a satirical, fantasy, mirror image, carefully cloaked in a cube with doll arms, legs and a baby face. It forms a grotesque image that few question and remarkably some even find cute or endearing. "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders generally discover everyone's face but their own (and) ... being level at all, is never resented for offence by any." - Jonathan Swift

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1977

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