BA KA SU (“Bewitch”)
October 25, 2008 - November 25, 2008
Reception: October 2, 4-8 pm
Ippodo Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of 42 ceramic sculptures by the Japanese artist and actress, Mieko Yuki. This marks Yuki’s first show in the United States. Bakasu, Japanese for “bewitch” or “enchant,” emphasizes the transformative and feminist themes central to the artist’s work. The delicate and lovingly crafted figures, which vary in size and shape from six inches to almost three feet high, often depict women in the midst of changing or concealing identities. One series of 10 figures details the metamorphosis of a fox into a woman (pictured, above right). Yuki’s ceramic women with kitchenware attached to their heads (above left) investigate the relationship between domesticity, craft, and more traditional ideas of gender.