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Multiple: Five Black Nesting Bowls

21st Century

Pae White, American, b. 1963

Object Type: Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Hand harvested clay embedded with cattails, Raku-fired using resinous plants
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 2009.14.a
Not only is Pae White’s work focused on material, but it also functions to complicated binaries within itself. The exhibited work features five bowls made from hand-harvested clay. The exterior of each bowl echoes a grinding stone carved into a large granite rock on the banks of the Yuba River. The stone cavities were created by the Maidu, a tribe of Indigenous peoples, and were used to grind acorns and seeds. The inside of each bowl is smooth, an indication of the fingers that pressed each bowl into form. The combination of exterior and interior introduces a conversation by the artist on the Californian landscape, the people who have known it, and the complicated history of occupation.

Born in Pasadena, White has lived and worked in California. Many of her projects involve a collaborative element, including scholars, keen selections from private collections, and the assistance of expert weavers. Five Black Nesting Bowls is such a project, as White enlisted the expertise of scholars Joseph Meade and Richard Hotchkiss to help realize the project. White, very much an artist with a research-intensive practice, earned her MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and her BA from Scripps College, Claremont.

--Elis Martin, December 2016

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  • Stephanie Hanor, ed. Moments of Impact. Moments of Impact Mills College Art Museum. Oakland, CA, 2017

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