Today’s featured speaker was award-winning sculptor MAY IZUMI.
The title of her talk was:
“The Fire Horse’s Granddaughter Goes Looking for Shadows”
“How I Took My Dark Side Out for Dinner and a Movie”
May creates low-fire ceramic, paper, and polymer clay sculptures that inhabit a distinctly strange world of “not-so-pretty stories.” With her healthy, dark and sensitive sense of humor, May sculpts creatures that emerge allegorically from her childhood memories, research on freak circuses of the 19th century, and dark fairy tales.
As May showed slides of her work, she shared the stories connected to each piece. Some were funny, others poignant, all were deeply engaging. I got so excited I gave her a standing ovation.
MAY IZUMI (right) with fellow ceramic artist, ESTHER SHIMAZU (left)
and mixed media artist SABRA FELDSTEIN (middle)
Below are a few of May's ardent fans.