Harumi Nakashima, an artist hailing from Japan, has become well-known for his stunning free-form sculptures. The exotic ceramics look as though they once lived a life beneath the ocean only to be specially hardened and put on display for humans.
The sculptor often evokes the Sōdeisha art movement, a 1940s reactionary effort against the dominion of Japan’s popular folk-craft styles (especially the traditional, functional aspects of Japanese pottery) and ceramics created for the purpose of tea ceremonies.
Harumi says: “Now I prefer to work ceramics to express the pain that lies within every human being.” “I find myself when working with ceramics, and my suffering transforms as I develop my creations, to finally reveal a sculptural form”
Nakashima is a member of the modern Japanese ceramics movement Sōdeisha. As is apparent from his own work, the movement was a reaction against the hegemony of folk-craft style and philosophy that claimed dominance in Japan.
A contemporary aesthetic and subtle, refined references to traditional Japanese pottery allow the works to be perceived aesthetically rather than functionally.