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 “Conquest” male piece: 12 high x 12” long x 6” wide, Female piece: 13” h x 9 l x 5w

Stoneware, with oxide wash and glaze

 

Story: The male is doing what men have been done since the dawn of mankind; to conquer the woman he loves. She looks indifferent in her put up holiness but underneath she expects and likes his pursue; the halo around her head has turned into a dartboard. The words coming from his mouth turn into darts trying to make a good score.

 


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  Conversation Pieces” Series:

 

Can women and men ever learn to understand each other? While figuring this out, I started to pay special attention on how women and men and women talked to each other, the silent communication, body language and the mind games they play. I immortalized my observations in clay and bronze. If my pieces were to be excavated thousands of years from now, would people by then have solved this age old mystery?

I started to make the “Conversation Pieces” 1995 and the concept is still interesting me. My story was published in Ceramics Monthly magazine May issue. The idea for the story came from a nun. I was watching a PBS program called “Sister Wendy goes to Europe”. Sister Wendy roamed around some of the most famous museums talking about paintings she has studied at the nunnery. She interpreted the work with such a knowledge and passion as if she knew the artists personally. This made me think, is it possible or even important to know where the artist get their inspiration from. “Art is in the eye of the beholder” however I was curious to find out if my audience saw the ideas of my work through my eyes.

I did a research for the article by showing the pictures of my work to my friends and acquaintances here in California and Finland asking them to tell me what they saw. No conversation took place. I just sat back and made notes. Reading the comments was surprising; I had thought that the ideas behind my work would open up easily. Only one person out of ten came close what I had had in mind when sculpting my pieces. The rest saw things that never even crossed my mind. I concluded that people’s response to my work was a reflection of their own feelings and thoughts.

 


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Pirjo Polari-Khan

I was born in Seinajoki, Finland.  In my family there were artists, writers and musician so art became a way of life to me from an early age. I wasn't good in handicrafts at school so It even surprises me that I chose ceramics as my career. At school my mind was always somewhere else making up stories and I became a straight A writer. After the graduation from high school I wanted to pursue a career as a journalist but didn’t get in the School of Journalism that year. Instead I travelled to England to work in a family as an Au Pair, as was fashionable in the 70’s. I stayed to study Ceramic at The Polytechnic of Wolverhampton. After graduating 1980 I moved back to Finland and established my own studio. I produced mainly traditional earthenware pottery in my Dad's garage to pay off my student loan.

Moving to California in winter 1980 had a dramatic impact on the direction of my art; functional and traditional pottery-making gave way to sculptures and wearable art. I convey my ideas and feelings through hand-build forms with a preference for a natural unglazed surface, accenting them with glazes and other materials such as bronze and glass.

During my career, my pottery skills and passion for sculpting have merged into objects that share concepts creating “functional sculptures”. The human connection with the environment is the main focus of my present work. Surrealism also has influenced the personification of nature in my sculptures. I draw ideas from Finnish mythology, European and Egyptian god/goddess cultures -for my humorous, modern-day Venus figures- and from artifacts of ingenious people of New Mexico.

 

 

Name: Conquest
Price: 700
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