In Julie Green’s Portland Exhibition, the Blues Are Insistent
The dinnerware was kiln fired to 1400° by technical assistant Toni Acock; the dishes are stable and archival.
To create this work, Green used a Noritake dinner service for 12 that belonged to her grandmother. Not fond of the pattern but wishing to honor the gift, Green debated for years before deciding to repurpose the service in an intensely personal way. The original prim pattern is overpainted, and the bottom of every piece inscribed with a brief description of a moment of awkwardness or discomfort from the artist’s life. The dinnerware combines traditional (flow blue pigment from Japan and Europe) with contemporary (7 Up) materials.
Image rights: © Julie Green, photos by Mario Gallucci
2015, My New Blue Friends, Upfor, Portland, OR (solo)
American, b. 1961, Yokosuka, Japan, based in Willamette Valley, OR, United States