Wall piece

Nushu

2006 (made)

Sara Radstone

C.90-2011 CER

'Nushu', a wall piece consisting of five stoneware hand built and press moulded ceramic slabs, painted with slip and grey stain, Sara Radstone, London, 2006

'Nushu' is a wall piece in five parts, made of stoneware that has been hand-built from press-moulded slabs, painted with slip and grey stain. Nushu is a script used to write a local dialect of Chinese, this is the text we see writen upside down and backwards on the objects.

Sara Radstone (born 1955) ‘Nushu’ 2006 Nushu is a script used to write a local dialect of Chinese. The dialect is spoken in a region of Jiangyong County in Hunan province, China. Nushu was used exclusively by women, and the name literally means ‘women’s writing’. It developed as a form of private communication, sometimes embroidered onto fabrics or written on fans. Radstone’s text, written upside-down across a series of book-like forms, reflects the clandestine nature of the script. Made in London Stoneware, hand-built from press-moulded slabs, painted with slip and grey stain Museum no. C.90:1 to 5-2011

Originally shown in the joint exhibition 'Sara Radstone and Partridge & Walmsley', Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, 29 June to 31 July 2007.

Location: Contemporary Ceramics, room 141, case WS

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