Shadow of Sodeisha: Japanese and Irish Art in Clay

The Sodeisha or ‘Crawling through Mud Association’ aimed to reject traditional historical precedents in the then Kyoto-based ceramic industry. They favoured instead work rooted in the international modes and idealism of modernist art through the use of clay in abstract sculpture.

Paying homage to this, one of Japan’s greatest contributions to 20th century world art, twelve artists (six representing Japan and six representing Ireland) were invited to participate in this show. The Irish artists include Isobel Egan, Frances Lambe, Deirdre McLoughlin, Michael Moore, Nuala O’Donovan and Katharine West. The artists from Japan include some of the best known early 21st century followers of the innovative approach of the original Sodeisha artists: Satoru Hoshino, Jia-haur Liang (based in Taiwan), Akito Morino, Mitsuo Shoji (based in Australia), Kazuo Takiguchi and Hidemi Tokutake. Shadow of Sodeisha aims to showcase exemplary contemporary ceramic sculpture from two island nations on the extremities of Europe and Asia.

Sodeisha was founded in an era of post-conflict in a country whose artistic contribution to 20th century ceramics would surpass any equivalent movement of the abstract and non-functional from the west. What that implies for contemporary practitioners in clay from Ireland and Japan seventy years later makes this exhibition a fitting memorial to the founding of diplomatic ties between the two states.


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31 March 2017 to 01 January 2018


National Museum of Ireland -Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7



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