Porcelain Still Lifes

The Hybrid Culture and its Manifestation in Anat Shiftan’s ceramics
By Hagai Segev

Anat Shiftan’s recent porcelain still-life sculptures are a distinctive example of the hybrid sculpture of the early 21st century. A spectacular series of sculptures, they incorporate ancient traditions, modern technologies, and a clear expression of the ‘culture of plenty.’ Shiftan’s sculptures also portray seemingly impossible fusions of a global culture, that is expressed, to a certain extent, in merging aspects of opposing worlds into a single work. All of these expressions illustrate a period of perplexity and deceptive prosperity, a period whose outcome is still unknown.

Published in Ceramics TECHNICAL no. 27, 2008, pp. 95-98.

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