“Donor Lamberti” is nearly all black, save for the heart and the tongue, to which van Wetering draws attention with color. The tongue is split into four pieces that escape the mouth and intertwine, choking the creature. Lex ter Braak, director of the Jan van Eyck Academy where van Wetering studied, described these works as “absurd fragments of a broken delirium.” A sign of delirium is incoherence, the slurring or jumbling of words. But the inability to speak is also analogous to the nature of an artwork. Like “Giorgetta Livorno,” this surreal and borderline abstract sculpture is also self-referential.

Medium: Painted Glazed Ceramic

Dimensions:

173/4 × 235/8 × 291/2 IN

 

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