I create botanical installations that reflect on the relationships between humans and the natural world. Flowers and plants have a defined lifespan; they grow, bloom, fade, and decompose. I am interested in the contrast between the transience of nature and beauty and the stability and permanence of fired ceramics. Also compelling to me are the boundaries between abstraction and botanical specificity; complexity and simplicity; two and three-dimensional; happenstance and control; and light and dark. I find the space between realms to be especially poignant, indecipherable, and difficult to convey; the median strip between two clear paths is often the most contemplative and open-ended, both visually and conceptually.
The color, finish, design, and placement of individual ceramic pieces are essential in evoking quiet and introspective narratives. In positioning some components post-firing, I am able to take a more open-ended and intuitive approach when installing. The story behind my work is allowed to evolve until I decide on the particular conversation the parts share with each other and their prospective audience.
Juliane Shibata received her MFA in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University in 2006, having previously graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Studio Art. She has been an artist in residence the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Juliane has taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. One of her sculptures belongs to the permanent collection of Northern Arizona University’s Art Museum.