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Patti Warashina, Beneath the Lotus

Patti Warashina, Beneath the Lotus (2015), glass, earthenware, underglaze, Plexiglas, mixed media [Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle WA, May 5-31] Photo: Russell Johnson

Patti Warashina: New Works

Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art
Seattle WA, May 5-31, 2016

Patti Warashina, Excuse Me

Patti Warashina, Excuse Me (2016), glass, earthenware, underglaze, glaze, mixed media [Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle WA, May 5-31] Photo: Russell Johnson

Patti Warahsina, You Have Something in Your Eye

Patti Warahsina, You Have Something in Your Eye (2016), glass, earthenware, underglaze, glaze, mixed media [Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle WA, May 5-31] Photo: Russell Johnson


Patti Warashina was a classmate of Chuck Close at the University of Washington, and like him, she has become an internationally celebrated artist, in her case a renowned ceramic sculptor. In this exhibit, she debuts a breakthrough body of work created during her residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. After her pioneering efforts at expanding the scale of ceramics into life-sized figures led her to numerous public art commissions and extensive museum and gallery exhibitions, she turned to printmaking and bronze.

Professor of art emerita at the University of Washington, she has influenced several generations of students and followers through hundreds of workshops, lectures and interviews. Her career paralleled the rise of feminism, so her female figures are empowered when not embattled, and seem to reflect the demonic fantasies of the 75-year-old artist.

Gallery director Jonathan Wood displays the new sculptures using glass elements with other all-clay objects, installations and shelf pieces. Warashina has also ventured quite aggressively into printmaking at several invitational residencies; some of these works will also be on view. Warashina’s recent work has explored social and political imagery, such as the destructive nature of political gossip in an age of social media. Her Surrealist roots seem distant, indeed.

Matthew Kangas


 Thu, Apr 21, 2016