Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
San Diego-based ceramicist Joanne Hayakawa explores diametrically-opposed pairs in her work. Vulnerability with strength, the extraordinary with the mundane, self-indulgent technology with the human condition to name a few.
Hayakawa explores these conflicting themes by using body parts -– hearts, brains, spines -– and coupled them with parts from nature — roses and their thorny branches, cactus, lilies. They are put into contexts where there are shifts, and a viewer may not be able to easily apply standard expectations. Birds have become a symbol of frailty and strength. They have also become an indicator of the health of an environment, both human and natural. Hayakawa urges the viewer to empathize with the contexts that she provides as though they are regarding their own body.
Joanne Hayakawa holds a BFA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a MFA from the University of Washington. She is currently a Professor Emerita at San Diego State University, and her work can be found at Scripps College, Claremont, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University.
Joanne Hayakawa is the curator of the 76th Ceramic Annual at Scripps College.