Miquel Barceló - Terra Ignis
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Texts by Nicole D'Amonville, Anna Gibson, Jose Manuel Alvarez, Tania Ganho
30 x 24 cm - 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
French / English / Spanish
Published by Actes Sud
This book, published to accompany the recent Works of Fire exhibition at the Ceret Museum of Modern Art, presents Miquel Barceló's ceramics work. Created in Majorca in a former tilery and brickyard transformed into a workshop, the terracotta figures are damaged or disturbed by the introduction of bricks in the still-fresh clay, which humanizes their familiar forms. The self-portrait is a recurrent theme: eyes and mouth engraved into vases, and amphorae in shapes inherited from Antiquity; skulls and heads explicitly evoke the idea of vanity, an ever-present theme in Barceló's work, which appears in the fractures, cracks, and swelling that the clay undergoes before or during firing. Apart from the self-portraits, there are emanations of the animal or plant world, also disturbed by the bricks which come to inhabit or destroy them.