I think I’m the last person on the internet to discover the work of London-based Chilean artist Livia Marin, but I don’t care: I must feature these examples of melting ceramics (in the classic Willow pattern) because they are just so cool. We have a healthy tea culture here in Salem, and I can just picture a tea party with whole pieces on my dining room table and a display of these pieces on the mantle. According to the statement on her website, Marin “employs everyday objects to inquire into the nature of how we relate to material objects in an era dominated by standardization and global circulation” in order to “offer a reflection on the relationship we develop with those often unseen objects that meet our daily needs”: a much more thoughtful approach to my own preoccupation with the art (and history of course) of the everyday. I suppose I could come up with a long essay on how these objects are emblematic of the China Trade and all the myriad consequences of European imperialism, but really, I just like the way they look.
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- Two big breakthroughs: I have never associated #salemma with folk art, which was silly of me, and I have finally distinguished between two Salem men named Charles Osgood. There's the artist who produced the famous portrait of the dashing young Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the ship captain Charles C. Osgood (1820-1886) who also carved very sought-after decoys and hung out at a hunting lodge in #rowleyma called the Ives Camp with other sportsmen and carvers. I remember seeing these decoys at the @shelburnemuseum a few years ago and thinking they were produced by the other Charles Osgood, but no. A Charles C. Osgood decoy sold for $40,000 a few years ago and now one which might have been produced by him---proclaimed a "Massachusetts masterpiece" by @copleyfineartauctions has a starting bid of $60,000. #salemartists #salemhistory
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