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Shizue Imai - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Shizue Imai (Japanese, b. 1948) is a Brooklyn-based sculptor whose large-scale, roughly textured ceramics incorporate curvilinear forms shaped by hand, often overlaid with numerous coats of clay slip and textured glaze. Upon moving to the United States from Osaka, Japan, in 1989, Imai left a career in fashion to explore the alchemy of clay. Her ceramic creations take on oneiric and oceanic resonances; their ossified surfaces and organic silhouettes form philosophical ties to ancient cultures and the archaeological artifacts that speak across centuries. In Imai’s work, we are submerged in an aquatic unconscious: her vessels and sculptures recall the mud-caked accretion of matter on anchors, ropes, coral reefs, and the bleached, indefinable remains found in brackish, mineral-rich waters. As with the Surrealist-inflected science documentaries of Jean Painlevé in which the geometries of diatoms dazzle and one might glimpse the diaphanous white-hemmed tentacles of an octopus in passing, Imai’s Coral Flower series makes visible the wonder and occult sensation of the ocean’s depths, asking us to take notice of the otherworldly occurrences at the intersection of science and fiction.

Imai studied ceramics at the Greenwich Pottery House in New York, from which she received the Madelaine Sadon Award in 2000. The following year, she was selected for the 10th Annual Artist on their Own Award at the Jane Hartsook Gallery. Imai has exhibited in Paris, London, Osaka, New York, and numerous other locations in the United States. She works from her studio in Brooklyn, NY. 

Shizue Imai

b. 1948, Japan

2016    Collective Design Fair, New York, NY
2011    Chahan Gallery, Paris, France
2009    Cocobolo Design, New York, NY 
2002    Mosaic-Ceramic Sculptures, New York, NY

2018     Inventory, METHOD & CONCEPT
             New Works, METHOD & CONCEPT, Naples, FL
2017     Art + Design, METHOD & CONCEPT, Naples, FL
2014     PAD Show, Paris, France
2013     PAD Show, London, UK

2011     PAD Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
2010     Cocobolo Design, NY, NY
2008     Guy Regal Ltd., New York, NY
             Antique Fair, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
2007     Made in Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
             Metal and Clay, Hankyu Gallery, Hankyu Department, Osaka, Japan
2006     Clay Bush, Hunterdon Museum Gallery 21, Hunterdon, NJ
             Fall Ceramic Exhibition, Belveder, Atlanta, GA
2005     Made in Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
2003     Metal and Clay, Toshiseikatu Kobo Gallery, Osaka , Japan

2010    Twenty-fifth International Juried Show, Selected, NJ
2001    Selected for the 10th Annual artist on their Own, Jane Hartsook Gallery, NY, NY
2000    Madelaine Sadon Award, Greenwich House Pottery, NY, NY

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