Katsuyo Aoki’s intricate, Rococo-esque skulls and extravagant wall ornaments are hand-sculpted in porcelain. These complex forms are subdued by their bone-white hue. Porcelain imbues her skulls—objects that bear a formidable hold on the human psyche—with an uncanny delicacy. The tradition of memento mori is extolled in Aoki’s work to splendid effect, as the marriage of the sacred and profane, life and death, shine brilliantly through her ornate masterpieces.
Born and based in Tokyo, Aoki is among the greatest living artists working in porcelain. She is best known for her intricately formed and complex ceramic skulls.
11.81 H x 8.58 W x 13.58 D in