Quint Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an exhibition by San Diego ceramic artist Joanne Hayakawa, Parallax-Drawings in Clay. The show will coincide with the 37th Annual Conference for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. This year’s NCECA Conference will be held in San Diego from March 12 to 15.
Joanne Hayakawa presents a new body of work that includes large-scale drawings in clay. In this series, Hayakawa fuses traditional drawing and ceramic techniques to investigate relationships between the human body and plant forms. Through her creative use of materials, Hayakawa transcends the preciosity that can limit ceramic art and really explores her subject matter with gritty truth and honesty. In one piece, a diagram of the heart, scratched into clay, covers spare sketches of Calla Lilies. In another a brain is incised into a clay underdrawing of a cactus. The artist’s balance of diverse media is matched by the varied styles of her mark making—precision blended with gesture, spontaneity juxtaposed with control—and her simultaneous treatment of oppositional themes, such as strength and vulnerability or the extraordinary and the mundane. Hayakawa engages us by employing some of the oldest known media to understand our primal instincts in a post-industrial age in which technology and information typically hold sway.
Joanne Hayakawa received her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara and her MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her work has been shown in several solo exhibitions throughout the country, most recently at Boehm Gallery, Palomar Community College in San Marcos, CA and Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA. It has also been included in many group exhibitions in museums and galleries over the last 28 years including the 41st and 56th Scripps Annuals, the CCAC Oliver Art Center, The Arlington Museum of Art, The Salt Lake Art Center, the Madison Fine Art Center, and the San Diego Museum of Art. She is currently a Professor in the School of Art at San Diego State University.