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 innovative recontextualizations of Ikebana.

This course 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 installation that includes sculptural elements in molding and shaping plants while experimenting with clay, various non-plant or mixed media materials.


Learning Outcomes:
- learning outcomes will be determined by the individual's background and through the student's creative trajectories.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: One Ceramics course, or permission of the instructor. Contact: yinoue@bennington.edu.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Ceramics , Four Credit , Fully In-Person
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