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Anat Shiftan

Tending toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden
Glyndor Gallery | April 3—August 19, 2012

Anat Shiftan’s ceramic work investigates the relationship between human activity and natural growth and explores the representation of nature in art. While she considers the forms of her hand-painted porcelain vases to be modern, Shiftan’s drawing and glazing techniques are based on traditional methods. Prior to their firing, each of the columnar vases is glazed with cobalt blue, manganese brown, and black brushwork. Shiftan worked directly from botanical illustrations of plants found in Wave Hill’s Wild Garden to create the representations of plant species on each vase. Through this process, Shiftan’s botanical drawings on porcelain strike a balance between exactness and imprecision that mimics the simultaneous constraint and abandon of the Wild Garden.

An Israeli artist whose work often speaks through floral and zoological imagery, Shiftan has exhibited internationally, including at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Greenwich House Pottery, Greenwich, CT; Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China; and the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel. She has participated in the 12th International Raku Workshop at OLR-Plemenitas, Zagreb, Croatia. Shiftan is currently an associate professor in the Studio Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She received an MFA in ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and an MA in ceramics from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. Shiftan received a BA in English literature and philosophy from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

 

Garden Views series, 2012

Garden Views series, 2012
Porcelain with cobalt blue, manganese brown, and black brushwork
9” x 6” diameter
Courtesy of the artist

Garden Views series, 2012

Garden Views series, 2012
Porcelain with cobalt blue, manganese brown, and black brushwork
12" x 8" diameter
Courtesy of the artist

Garden Views series, 2012

Garden Views series, 2012
Porcelain with cobalt blue, manganese brown, and black brushwork
12" x 8" diameter
Courtesy of the artist

Garden Views series, 2012

Garden Views series, 2012
Porcelain with cobalt blue, manganese brown, and black brushwork
16" x 10" diameter
Courtesy of the artist
Photos: Ken Goebel

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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