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Celebrated Japanese Ceramic Artist Talk in Living Learning Commons

October 12, 2016

Chip Underhill
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7326

Japanese ceramic artist En IwamuraAcclaimed Japanese ceramic artist En Iwamura will work and talk on Thursday, October 13 at an event at Saint Anselm College, open to the public and fine art students from south-central New Hampshire. Iwamura will discuss his current exhibition at Saint Anselm, his overall work, his life in Japan, and the influence of his educator-artist parents.

Iwamura's current exhibition, "Dear My Heroes," is on display through the end of the semester on all three floors of the Living Learning Commons (LLC). Following his talk, the artist will walk with attendees through the displays, ending at an ongoing ceramic installation using 1500 pounds of clay.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the LLC; it is open to the public and there is no charge for attendance. The artist will be available for Q & A and refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Per his website, Iwamura "investigates how [he] can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks." In describing space and scale in his work, Iwamura references "Ma," a Japanese philosophy of distance, moment, space and relationships.

"People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves," says Iwamura, "and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a given moment." He describes ceramics as an international language, crossing cultures, people and countries.

Presently an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bay Foundation in Helena, Montana, Iwamura was born in Kyoto, Japan.

The Saint Anselm College exhibition and the artist's presentation are made possible by the Office of Residential Life, the Department of Fine Arts and the Conversatio Program at Saint Anselm College.

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