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Title

Stone Bible

1983

Artist

Araki Takako

Japan

1921 - 2004

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Date
    1983
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    stoneware
    Dimensions
    15.0 x 23.0 x 16.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1984
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    249.1984
    Copyright
    © Takako Araki Estate

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  • About

    Araki Takako is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist, particularly well-known for the "Bible" series on which she has been working for more than twenty years. Araki is an atheist, but her father was a Zen priest. The prolonged and painful death of her brother, a faithful Christian, from tuberculosis, focused her doubts on the value of religion. She sees the bible as both a symbol of Western culture and a symbol of the vanity of Christian belief. Her obsessive metaphorical work sparked by her brother's death serves as an eulogy on the powerlessness of faith. The brittle decaying Bibles are composed of layers of thin fragile clay sheets which she has silk-screened with text. Their decaying fragility contains its own message that ultimately the Word is ephemeral. Araki devoted herself to the family profession of flower arranging until 1952 when she began to study painting. From 1960 to 1961 she studied sculpting in New York before returning to Japan where she studied in different pottery centres. Her reputation for sculptural ceramics was established in 1979 when she received the grand prize at the Japan Ceramics Exhibition.

    'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 228

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications