Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle, WA - May 16 – Jun 20
Los Angeles–based ceramist Elyse Pignolet’s new work juxtaposes seemingly inoffensive blue-and-white porcelain wares with in-your-face misogynist slurs. Each plate or vase is slyly covered with winding floral borders that conceal slanderous words and phrases for promiscuous women. Pignolet subverts the decorative-arts heritage of porcelain to make points about society, ceramic cultures, and contemporary attitudes toward women. Having traveled widely in Europe and Asia, she has also exhibited outside California in New Jersey, Texas and Bulgaria.