CURRENT ISSUE | FALL 2017: THE IDEA OF HISTORY
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Pattern Migration

Pattern Migration

Ornamentation has been described as ‘portable culture,’ and ceramics as a ‘pilgrim art,’ with decorative patterns that are markers of geographical regions, cultural groups, and historical eras moving around the world on small ceramic vessels through the mechanisms of trade, colonialism and migration. The artists in this exhibition reference patterns and ornamentation often found in ceramics, but through their exploration and transformation of these patterns in other media, they create works that serve almost metonymically as emblems of migration, cultural exchange, and hybridization.

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