Marc Fish, Smoke Erosion Vessel, UK, 2017

Marc Fish, Smoke Erosion Vessel, UK, 2017
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Marc Fish, Smoke Erosion Vessel, UK, 2017

Marc Fish’s Smoke Erosion Vessel follows the tradition of Fish’s celebrated Erosion Vessel Series.

This unique work is finished in the style of “show sugi ban,” a Japanese technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. The vessel’s charred surface further extends the relic theme. Contrasting with the dark, matte outer surface of the vessel, the unexpected interior is patinated in a yellow silver glaze, employing a process unique to the artist.

Each of Marc Fish’s handmade, unique vessels is created from 600 layers of wood veneer that have been laser-cut and reassembled to form a shape evocative of an ancient vase. Best described as contemporary relics, the works conceptually and aesthetically link the past and the present by a deterioration and re-creation. Inspired by ancient pottery, they implement modern-day sculpting techniques, yielding a fresh and unprecedented aesthetic. Each vessel features a unique level of “decay.”

Fish explains, “The vessels explore the notion of found, ancient objects being recreated with modern and traditional craftsmanship.” Showcasing Fish’s incredible mastery of the most refined practices in micro stack-lamination today, the works are made with cold-carving and laser cutting technology, forgoing the traditional use of heat.

Dimensions: 11.2″ H x 7.5″ W

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