'Out By the Alfalfa Sprouts' / Claudia Chew
All cultures exist in two sorts of time. The brief time in which we live and experience, and a second time of history and forgotten moments. Most of the art from the latter which we still see today often comes to us as the fragmented pieces of a ceramic vase. In her illustration, Claudia Chew tells us the puzzle-like story of temporality through a landscape of symbols and the resonant metaphor of a broken vase. Bellow is a description written by the artist.
"The images on the vase are a compilation of things I have encountered through conversations and experiences. It's a whole mixture of things. For instance, I was on the train to a mate's house and I was just thinking about how few people have included crustaceans in their illustrations hence the crab. But on the flip side, I love the concept of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold mixed into lacquer, which in a metaphorical sense to 'embrace flaws and imperfects' which I think is a super clever and beautiful way to convey that."
Introductory word by Xavier Vasco.