Michele Quan's Comforting Ceramics

Michele Quan's Comforting Ceramics

White Flower by Michele Quan

White Flower by Michele Quan

Transition times always make me feel a little crazy: I find myself plagued by an irrational desire for sameness and change at the same time. Maybe that’s why I’m also crazy about Michele Quan’s beautiful ceramic objects. Mysterious yet familiar, ethereal yet tactile, organic yet ornate, they capture and blend apparent contradictions. Her hemp-strung beaded garlands and colorful bells echo Eastern religious objects, but their not-quite-symmetrical shapes and textured surfaces also give them the sense of having been dug from the ground or plucked off a tree. Her stoneware seashells and porcelain skulls are set apart from their natural counterparts by elaborate freehand decoration. The result is a pleasing déjà vu: a comfortable familiarity, but with a twist. Now that’s what I call art therapy.

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