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The Esther Shimazu Sculptures are Dressed in Their Birthday Suits

By: Tracy Wallace - Published: Nov 24, 2010 • References: esthershimazu and natsoulas
Artist Esther Simazu’s ceramic sculptures take their lifelike form by each body part being constructed individually and then assembled. Each tooth to toenail is lifelike.

By using traditional vessel-making techniques to make lightweight animated sculptures, each of these mischievous-looking friends are carefully worked over, smoothed, sanded and airbrushed with oxides to look as though they could reach out and touch someone. Most of Esther Simazu's sculptures are bald, nude chunky, fun-loving Asian women, unconcerned about clothing. From time to time there is the occasional male figure or companion animal that looks just as pleased and playful.