Origin Mame, 2019
ceramic + glaze
8 x 5.5 x 4.5 inches
From the artist :: Magatama were bean like shapes found in prehistoric Japan. They were carved out of jade and semi precious stones.
In some instances they were made from clay or talc. They were originally decorative objects but were eventually used as ceremonial pieces. Mame is the Japanese word for bean, which calls back to this bean form. In Shinto the bean is an origin shape. A symbol for the growth and start of all things (earth, humanity and consciousness).
While living in Japan for 6 years I was very involved with Buddhism and Shinto. I befriended a Shinto priest apprentice who specialized in clearing spirits from homes and businesses. He worked at the occult book store in Nakano (one of my favorite haunts). However, that’s a story for another time.
Exhibition // It Started with a Spark, April 13 - May 23, 2019, Carvalho Park, Brooklyn, New York.