Linnga Archipelago off Indonesia | Amsterdam | Honolulu
Diane KW Chen
Inventory VII, 2013. Porcelain shard, ceramic transfer of document, 4 x 6 x 6.5"H (including stand). Value $950. Gift of the artist.
Passport: A signed catalog of the exhibition At Worlds End-The Story of a Shipwreck: Works by Diane KW with the complete history of the shipwreck and the political controversy that arose after the ship's salvage will be furnished with the shard. The shard rests on a custom-made black metal mount. The Inventory VII appears on p. 16 of the catalog.
Diane KW (otherwise known as Diane Chen), b. 1951, Chicago, Illinois, is a retired neurologist who took her first ceramics class at the Honolulu Museum of Art School in 2002 and has gone to showing her work at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands in the exhibition, At Worlds End-The Story of a Shipwreck: Works by Diane KW. This is a Chinese export porcelain shard from the 1752 shipwreck of the Geldermalsen, a Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship. This shard, along with others, were given to the artist to transform into a contemporary art statement by the Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands. Using documents from the files of the Dutch East India company, ceramic transfers were made and fired onto the shards. Inventory VII details part of the porcelain inventory that was on the Geldermalsen when it subsequently sank. The exhibition titled At World's End was shown at the Groninger Museum in 2013 and traveled to the Honolulu Museum of Art and was installed there in 2014. To learn more about this artist please visit cfileonline.org.
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