Roberto Lugo (PA)
I was humbled to receive the invitation to exhibit in The Last Drop exhibition. I selected a Delft mug as a muse. My process often uses the history of ceramics and its propensity to separate class due to porcelain's high cost prior to the open sources of recipes.
In this Delft cup I see a landscape scene, blue and white—this is what I see in an immediate reaction, but I often try to understand historical works from the perspective of a minority who grew up in an underprivileged community. Often when I see water I see death, where most see water. I think it is because I refused to ever get in a body of water as a child because the image of dead bodies being dumped in nearby neighborhood made me fear being close enough to water that it might also take me.
I enjoy juxtaposing pleasant images, like a landscape, with imagery from my heritage and culture.
Roberto Lugo, 2017. Elkins Park, PA. H. 7"
This is the piece Roberto created for THE LAST DROP: INTOXICATING POTTERY, PAST AND PRESENT.
Southwark, London, England, dated 1707. Tin-glazed earthenware (Delft). Courtesy, Chipstone Foundation. 1967.16. H. 7 ¼”
This is the historical piece from which Roberto chose to draw inspiration.