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Willow Bago

Mariko Paterson

Canadian, born 1971

Willow Bago, 2014

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Porcelain

Dimensions: 20 1/4 × 15 3/8 × 7 1/4 in. (51.4 × 39.1 × 18.4 cm)

Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2015.116

Mariko Paterson is an artist who believes in the breakdown of the difference between the craft arts and fine arts. She does not want to be seen as one or the other, but rather as both. This lighthearted, humorous work is typical of Paterson’s style. The vehicle is a Winnebago, an iconic recreational vehicle popular in the United States. At the driver’s seat, however, is Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of Great Britain. Atop the Winnebago are all manner of travel essentials including various luggage containers and even a boat. The title references Willow Pattern, a distinctive blue-and-white pattern popular on plates and other housewares. Originally from Vancouver, Paterson studied ceramics at Langara College, then the Alberta College of Art and Design, receiving her MFA from Kent State University.

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