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Miquel Barceló - Terra Ignis

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Miquel Barceló
Terra Ignis
2013

Texts by Nicole D'Amonville, Anna Gibson, Jose Manuel Alvarez, Tania Ganho

Softcover
30 x 24 cm - 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
160 pages
French / English / Spanish
Published by Actes Sud

ISBN 978-2-330-01932-7

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.