Margret Hugi-Lewis, (b. 1941)
On loan from University of Alaska Museum of the North
Delft is a city in the Netherlands, which became world-renowned in the 17th century for its pottery that was more attainable than Chinese porcelain. Delftware, still produced today, often features blue details on a white background.
Swiss-born (now living and working in Alaska) artist Margret Hugi-Lewis’ use of Delftware patterning on this torso, and her addition of cabinet handles, imply that women’s bodies may be perceived as objects of decoration and utility.