Joan Takayama-Ogawa: Climate Change

January 14 – April 2, 2017

Warmer ocean temperatures prompted bleaching events of the world’s coral reef habitats, turning healthy colorful coral into weakened ghostly white coral, which is susceptible to disease and death. These changes are visual warnings of thermal stress caused by global climate change and are referred to as the “canary in the coal mine.” Climate change is a global ecosystem catastrophe and not a political issue. Takayama-Ogawa’s exhibition includes abstract figurative white coral reef sculptures and white lighting installations calling for the reversal of global warming.

Joan Takayama-Ogawa’s family has been involved with ceramics since the 15th century. She pays tribute to her Japanese and family heritage by utilizing their ancient ceramic forms as a guide. She contemporizes them by applying imagery from her American life. Joan studied ceramics with Ralph Bacerra at Otis College of Art and Design, where she currently teaches. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from UCLA in Geography and East Asian Studies and a Masters of Arts from Stanford Graduate School of Education. Joan’s work is a part of many public collections including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

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