Sculptural Equilibrium: Contemporary Context of Ikebana (CER4206.01)

Yoko Inoue

Understanding the form of a container is an integral part of the aesthetic reconfiguration of nature in Ikebana. The concept of activating an interior architectural space with collected cut plants and their arrangement stems from ancient Japanese animism. The container is considered a mysterious receptacle for the sustainability of life and acts as a symbolic focal point in its spatial context. This course focuses not only on the philosophical and ideological understanding of Ikebana principles and the formalized compositions of the flower arrangements but also puts emphasis on material connotations, contemporary contexts and innovation of Ikebana. This course further investigates the relationship between two essential elements; the expressive sculptural forms of plants and the ceramic utilitarian function.

Reflecting historical research and conceptual interpretation, the final project will culminate in a presentation of Ikebana that includes sculptural elements in molding and shaping plants while experimenting with various non-plant, mixed media materials. Ceramics work production is not part of this class.

This course will be held remotely and asynchronously.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Prerequisites: Two VA courses. Please contact Yoko Inoue with a list of VA courses taken and a paragraph about your interest (statement of intent).
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
TBA (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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