Last Boat Out, 2008
Ceramic Sculpture: paperclay,
High grogged “Grogzilla” sculpture clay,
Black Mountain sculpture clay.
Hi Fire, Iron oxide, no glaze, acrylic paint.
22”H x 17”W x 9”D
Upstream People Gallery, 2008
McGroarty Art Center, 2008
Nisei Week Ceramics Exhibition 2008, Los Angeles, CA
This piece which is the 4th in my "Earthship" series has become my favorite piece. I fell in love with the shape of the hull and started a series of them. This may be the last one I make so I decided to change the title of the piece to "Last Boat Out."

It actually has a very poignant story behind it. I have a close Vietnamese friend who shared with me how he and his family got out of Vietnam during the refugee crisis. Malaysia was one of the "processing" countries in the region who accepted these "boat people." To cross from Vietnam to the east coast of Malaysia, they would have to battle rough seas, starvation and avoid the pirates plying in that area.

This piece depicts this courageous and perilous journey. The boat is crammed with people (pods); everyone carrying their worldly possessions (the silvery acrylic wash), hoping to make it to a better place. It makes me appreciate what we have here in America. Things that we cannot and must not take for granted - Freedom, and the desire of people to seek it, no matter what the cost.
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