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Aqua Poesy IV 2004

Hiroshi Suzuki (born 1961, Miyagi, Japan)

Aqua Poesy IV
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One of the most exciting contemporary silversmiths, Hiroshi Suzukiís ground-breaking developments in the manipulation of silver express his fascination with the sensuality of natural form and the supple quality of sheet metal. Since his graduation in 1999 he has fashioned a consistent body of organic and dynamic vessels with a sculptural poise rarely found in modern silver. Suzuki has pioneered his own method of hammering and raising vessels. Contrary to the traditional way of raising a vessel by beating the metal over a wood or iron stake, Suzuki literally hammers in air, relying on no supports to raise and pattern the vessel. This leads to a fluidity of form and a fresh spontaneity. Suzuki describes this as 'sensing through creating' and speaks of an urgent desire to express himself through silver, a desire which is both an adventure and impossible to resist. With its outline reminiscent of hand-shaped clay, Aqua Poesy IV beautifully exhibits this sensual handling of the material that finds its roots in an instinctive approach to silversmithing. Spontaneity ripples through the vesselís wavy hammer-raised ribs, spiralling down around the body with their tiny coral-like indentations, the interior gleaming brightly beneath the undulating top edge.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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