Elyse Pignolet: Sexting Ceramics

Short phrases generally employed to degrade women are the central thread of Elyse Pignolet’s recent art seen in Seattle, Washington, at Koplin Del Rio Gallery. Elyse Pignolet: You Should Smile More is both a taunt and a condemnation. Men’s sneeringly affectionate put-downs are embedded in the essence of lady-like pottery decoration: blue-and-white earthenware vases and presentation vessels, also called by the late Howard Kottler, “palace ware.” The Long Beach, California resident is placing viewer-activated time bombs within the palace, so to speak, all the better to make each object have an impact in clay.

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