日期：2021年6月8日 - 27日
地點：大坑新村街 15A & 36號 地鋪（Wild Wander & 靜月）
Fragile, yet precious.
– such property of ceramics applies to insects as well.
As a recurring motif, insects in Takaharu Hori’s ceramics are not exact imitations, but variations of the existing species. Having the notion that the beauty of nature is unsurpassed, Hori creates fictitious White Horned Dung Beetles and Orchid Mantises with an artistic twist.
The history of insects can be traced back to 400 million years. Surviving from ancient times to the present, insects have been using different tactics to protect themselves from predators, such as camouflage, eyespot warning and injection of venom.
In Hori’s imagination, through mimicry, insects (and arthropods) gradually evolve into tableware (teapots and cups) and even food (avocadoes, lemons and citruses), with mantises’ front legs as handle and spiders’ legs as bowl-stand.
In his discussion of evolution, writer Wu Ming-yi cited Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “She (nature) arms and equips an animal to find its place and living in the earth, and, at the same time, she arms and equips another animal to destroy it.” That is to say, the law of natural selection favours the never-ending process of organic evolution. Primitive insects were terrestrial – who would have thought that their burning desire to survive would evolve wings to fly? Thus, perhaps Hori’s fantasies about insects will come true someday.
Born in 1996, Tokyo. Graduated from Aichi Prefectural Seto Pottery High School in 2016 and completed his training at Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo (crafts studio) in 2019. Hori has an innate affinity for insects, to the point that he even collects and breeds his own Dead Leaf Mantises and Orchid Mantises, and uses them as references to his ceramic works.