Collection Artwork
Jane Irish (born Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1955)
Antipodes Vietnam Peru 1
low-fire whiteware china, paint luster, underglaze
single bowl size: 15 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 16 in.
single bowl size: 15 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 15 7/8 in.
installed size: 15 3/4 x 13 x 16 in.
Tang purchase
Signed and dated, underside of each bowl: J Irish / 2017

Installation views

Object Label

[Edgar Allan Poe] says, ‘there cannot be antipodes’; things can exist only because of their antithesis. I like that idea. It suggests that it is possible to define the present through past and future possibilities.

—Jane Irish

Antipodes are diametrically opposite poles on the earth. Here Jane Irish holds together Peru and Vietnam, asking how the histories of these two places connect. Like Syd Carpenter, whose sculpture is shown nearby, Irish embeds in her work powerful messages about the meanings and importance of place.

From the exhibition: Give a damn. (June 30 – September 30, 2018)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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