Art Department students make exhibit

By Giselle Palomera

Art Department students are being featured in the Fahrenheit 2018 Biennial exhibit at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona.

Chinyi “Peggy” Tai, Zengo Yoshida and Gabriella Padilla, have had their art chosen by a juror to be part of the exhibit.

The exhibit features students and 77 other artists from around the world to display their ceramic art.

Tai submitted a ceramic art piece titled, “The Tranquil Sea Mazu.”

In an artistic statement from the artists, Tai said that the waves on the vessel of his ceramic piece reflect his interest in two-dimensional art, which has a look similar to old woodblock ink prints.

“This technique creates the fine and uneven dotted patterns with  a mixture of different color layers and underglazes to develop volume, depth and space. I am exploring old techniques on the clay surface to create a sense of energy and vitality to combine an interesting motif related to a Chinese folktale titled ‘Mazu,’” Tai said.

artistic take-out—Art student Zengo Yoshida’s piece titled “Fortune-to-go” is on display at the 2018 Fahrenheit Biennial exhibit in Pomona. c/n Giselle Palomera

Padilla submitted a ceramic art piece titled, “Repression.” She made the piece using ceramic and stain in 2016. Padilla chose to make this piece as a physical representation of repression.

“A defense mechanism is an unconscious process. It helps to repel unpleasant feelings, or negative impulses, therefore it is intangible. Through my use of movement and form I see my work as the physical presence of something that is intangible,” Padilla said,

“The shapes are organic and derive from nature and living organisms. These naturally occurring shapes are expressed in a three-dimensional way and are non-functional. The spikes/cones are much like a defense mechanism that ward off unwanted circumstances. It is my aim to have the viewer question what is really tangible?”

Yoshida submitted a piece titled “Fortune-to-Go,” which  looks like a box of fortune cookies.

“I enjoy making the pieces associated with nature, current culture and try to capture uniqueness or humor out of the subjects, hoping that people find the concept behind (them) and get the joy out of them. The work must be the combination of aesthetically appealing shape and well thought- out glaze treatment as basic as all artists’ work based on,” said Yoshida.

The ELAC students and other artists had their art judged at the opening reception on March 10. Patti Warashina, a world renowned ceramic artist, judged the pieces and decided which ones would be displayed.

The exhibit will run until July 22 and is open to the public. Admission to the exhibit is $7.

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