FLOATING STORIES, ANCIENT WAVES
JANUARY 11, 2016 – MARCH 27, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: FEBRUARY 4, 2016 5PM – 7PM
Celebrate the ancient art of the Peruvian Moche civilization, which included numerous illustrations on pottery of their maritime culture and life. Highlighting the maritime subject matter of the pottery, fineline drawings are reproduced dramatically on the gallery walls, inviting visitors to explore the myths and traditions of this ancient people.
The ceramics produced by the Moche people are some of the most artistically sensitive and technically developed of any found in South America. Realistically decorated with figures and scenes, the images on the clay pieces offer descriptive insights into the Moche civilization, which flourished on the north coast of Peru between approximately 200 and 800 A.D. As they had no written language, most of what we know about the Moche comes from this wealth of pottery. In clay, they brought people, animals and dynamic scenes to life.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Moche ceramics is the high degree of realism in the fineline painting that was produced on their pottery. Most of the objects depicted have a direct relationship with items in the artist’s environment. Even the supernatural creatures they painted are comprised of elements from the daily life of the Moche people. The details portrayed, including clothing, ornaments, and implements, are remarkably accurate depictions of items that have been recovered from archaeological excavations.
The artists depicted scenes of hunting, interpersonal relationships, burial activities, supernatural confrontations, battle scenes, musical processions, as well as fishing and the use of reed boats. The maritime scenes presented in this exhibition will guide the viewer along a path of discovery.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING:
· Local surfer and Peruvian culture enthusiast, Glenn Henning, for his assistance on the exhibition, as well as lending his reed boats.
· Artist Donna McClelland, who originally produced the fineline drawings based on the images depicted on the pottery,
· Dr. Christopher Donnan for his extensive research on Moche culture.
· Bridget Gazzo at The Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C. for providing permission for use of these drawings.
· Moises Woll and Woll Corp for generously donating six replicas of ancient Moche pottery and research material hand-delivered from Peru.
· Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme Harbor Commissioner who initiated contact between the Museum and Mr. Woll and personally loaned several -pieces of replica Moche pottery to the exhibit.