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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- I thought that #nationalmaritimeday was one of those made-up social media days but it's been an American holiday since the 1930s so I am on board! And I can't imagine a more important holiday for #salemma to celebrate, or to celebrate #salemma. So here's the Eliza Ann of Salem loading at a Chinese port in 1830 by W.J. Aylward, from #scribners magazine. The caption reads "When American Ships were found in every Port in the World."
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