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Rowland: The Voice is Almost Human

The Voice is Almost Human

Susan Rowland collaboration with Frederich Seidel

Signed: SR ‘91 Text FLS

Pitcher, high fired glazed stoneware

W: 6”

D: 11”

H: 16”

Rowland (1940 - 2019) drew inspiration from her explorations of Shanghai, Tunis and other cities with ancient histories of handmade stoneware. In a museum display of Carthaginian artifacts, Rowland encountered the calligraphic beauty of Islamic pottery. Returning home, she enlisted the poet Frederick Seidel to collaborate on a series of vases painted with fragmentary excerpts of his poetry.

Created from the artist’s distinctive formal vocabularies of gestural abstraction, drawing, and collage, Rowland’s sensual and sensitive vessels and figures operate as both functional objects and potent metaphors of the tensions between the visceral and the visionary.