Clown and Flower by Mariko Ando - Davidson Galleries
Mariko Ando

Clown and Flower

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Medium: Hand-colored etching with chine collé
Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 3 inches (Image) 12 x 9 1/8 inches (Sheet)
Signature: Signed
Artist details: Japanese, 1969
Date finished: 2014
Edition: of 20

Recommended by Nikki (Fine Art Photographer, Marketing and Digital Content Specialist):

"Ando intends viewers to feel something when they see a tiny human, or ‘flower’ (according to the title of the work) in the palm of a larger-than-life clown’s hand. With their back turned to viewers, the facial expression and emotions of the person with long hair and a dress are obscured from the viewer. Instead, the viewer must look to the other character for clues as to how they are supposed to feel about what is happening. It soon becomes apparent the clown’s expression is also obscured, but behind makeup and an exaggerated nose. This forces the viewer’s gaze back upon themselves, bringing them into the etching as a third character who gets to project their own thoughts and feelings onto the scene, freely."

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