Akiko Hirai, Punctured Heart (version 8)

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Akiko Hirai, Punctured Heart, 2022 (version 8)
Terracotta, unglazed earthenware fired
Approx. dimensions: 7 x 10.5 cm

Unique sculpture in a series of 12 works.   Purchases are limited to  two ceramics from the series per buyer. Multiple purchases  in excess of     this will be refunded.

The Hepworth Wakefield has commissioned the artist Akiko Hirai to produce a series of ceramic sculptures in response to the work of Barbara Hepworth. Exploring the concept of the pierced form, Hirai has crafted 12 small unique hearts, each with a small hole through which the viewer can look.

Hirai was inspired by the smooth and non-confrontational forms she admires in Hepworth’s work, creating something that is designed to be held in the hand, to stroke and comfort.

At the time of creation, Hirai was also thinking about stress cardiomyopathy, also known as Broken Heart Syndrome.

'When you see the world through your punctured heart, through a little hole, you can only see  a  fragment of the picture. It may be only her/his face, or a piece of something, or a part of something or a situation.
 
You have to move your whole body to see the whole world, but you do not realise it is only a part of it that you are looking at. You become static and fixated through the hole as if that is the only world you are living in.
 
A large surge in adrenaline and noradrenaline temporarily stuns the heart and give rise to chest pain, fluid in the lungs, shortness of breath, and heart failure.
 
You cannot breath.
 
You collapse.
 
It was only a part of it, but you were not aware of it.  The only thing that you had to do was take your eye off your punctured heart.
 
Why can’t we see this?
 
Sometimes the world that     is     seen through the punctured heart is sweeter than anything else and you do not take your eye off it.’
 
Akiko Hirai, 2022
 
Japanese born Akiko Hirai now lives and works in London and was shortlisted for the LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize, 2019. Hirai makes practical ware using the Japanese tradition of allowing the clay to show how it wants to be fired itself. Her work also allows the viewers to find out the language of the objects in their own ways. She focuses on the interaction between objects and viewers. Her unique approach to ceramic work has had much attention and praise and her work is in demand from commissions in England and worldwide.

The  Hepworth Wakefield    houses   Wakefield’s art collection, an impressive compendium of modern British and contemporary art. The collection includes an ever-growing number of ceramics from artists such as Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Walter Keeler, Bernard Leach, Jennifer Lee and Magdalene Odundo.

The Hepworth Wakefield is a charity, all purchases and donations are vital to support our work.

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