Lighting with Black and White

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Monica Rosenthal

Lighting with Black and White


This pair of electrified ceramic lamps are one of a kind, and part of a new series investigating mood lighting for the home. They are an exploration of positive and negative space in the iconic lantern shape.
Earthenware, matt glazes, hand built, design cut by hand , mounted on exotic wood bases made by a local wood artisan.
Height 12.5", diameter 6"

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Artist's Statement

As a ceramic artist, I have been creating functional ware for more than 15 years. More recently, I have extended my creative practice to include ceramic jewelry and wall art. My work reflects a strong Asian aesthetic. This stems from my experience of living in Japan for four years, taking numerous trips to Korea, and a life of continuous travel. I also have a deep interest in textile arts, both old and new. In particular, the art of indigo dying has long been a source of fascination. I am inspired by contemporary art, which leads me to redefine historical references and traditional practices in a contemporary context.

The diversity of my interests is reflected in my current work, which includes several distinct series. The first is an experiment in translating the rich variations of indigo dyeing and Indian kantha embroidery into clay. The second is a series of electrified lamps, that explore the interplay of positive and negative space, offering a new dynamic in my functional home ware. These require a collaboration with a fellow artisan to design and craft the wooden bases for my lamps. While these works challenge the boundaries of my comfort in the ceramic world, my work remains concerned with surface texture and pattern through carving and other means, the contrast of shiny and matt, and an architectural underpinning to my hand-built forms.

My education includes a BFA from York University and Master’s studies in Art History from the University of Michigan. I have continued to enhance my skills by studying with local artists, and at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, St. Lawrence College and Haliburton School of Art and Design.

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