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Juliane Shibata

I create botanical installations that reflect on the relationships between humans and the natural world. Flowers and plants have a defined lifespan: they grow, bloom, fade, and decompose. I am interested in the contrast between the transience of nature and beauty on the one hand, and the stability and permanence of fired ceramics on the other. Also compelling to me are the boundaries between abstraction and botanical specificity; complexity and simplicity; individuality and collectivity; two and three-dimensional; happenstance and control; and light and dark. I find the space between realms to be especially poignant and difficult to convey. The median strip between two clear paths is often the most contemplative and open-ended, both visually and conceptually.