Untitled vases, 1984

Untitled vases

"I began by visiting a workshop on the outskirts of Milano where they
produce terracotta pieces. I chose several vases of different sizes and shapes
and began the next day to systematically sand, wash, and then embellish the
surface with marking ink. The largest of these was big enough for me to stand
inside of. There were several small vases which I was attracted to because
of their similarity to the shape of nuclear cooling towers. The confrontation
between the history of vase paintings and the comntemporary approach of drawing
with marker and the mixture of contemporary and ancient symbols produces
an ironic mixture of opposites." –Keith Haring