Cardoons never looked so beautiful as caught at the perfect moment of their opening and grouped together in a flock of caramel-colored fluff on top of a blackened steel table in the Suyama exhibit space on Second Avenue in Seattle.
The cardoons are suggestive of everything from sea creatures to cupcakes, yet so essentially their natural, picked-from-the-stem selves. Overhead float bleached branches dangling slim ceramic shapes in ghostly white or ebony...The juxtaposition of hard and soft, earth and plant, uber-urban and organic is magical, the pieces covetable.
The Installation and Holiday Sale is a collaboration by ceramicist Patricia Smith and floral artist/farmer Katherine Anderson, of Marigold & Mint in the Melrose Market. It runs December 3, 2012 - January 4, 2013 at 3x10/Suyama peterson Deguchi (2324 2nd Ave.).
From the show description: "Smith and Anderson are concerned with nature and use it as their media. Smith works in porcelain (earth) in her studios in Connecticut and Paris; Anderson collects and works with things that grow out of the ground at her Snoqualmie Valley farm, Marigold and Mint. Drifts of dried cardoons, collected on Anderson’s farm and looking like giant dandelions, share space with a white thicket of ceramic icicles and droplets hanging from branches. Delicate wisps of seeds fall in glass jars. Together with white porcelain wave plates, the scene is reminiscent of fields in the winter moonlight. This spare organic clarity allows for the contemplation of the fragility of life."
The exhibit is a gift of the season - be sure and stop in...