Water Chestnuts: Art

Individual water chestnuts

Nemesis
Nemesis
Resting Place
Resting Place
Unmerciful
Unmerciful
Asian Beauty
Asian Beauty
Trompe l'oeil: View 1
Trompe l'oeil: View 1

"Fool the eye" technique

Trompe l'oeil: View 2
Trompe l'oeil: View 2
Geometric
Geometric
The Couple
The Couple
Wood-fired I: View 1
Wood-fired I: View 1
Wood-fired I: View 2
Wood-fired I: View 2
Wood-fired II
Wood-fired II
Hiding
Hiding

Taku-Fired

Hiding: Detail
Hiding: Detail
Discovered
Discovered

Taku-Fired

Discovered: Detail
Discovered: Detail

The Trapa Natans Dynasty

Invasivius
Invasivius

King of the Trapa Natans

Intrusivia
Intrusivia

Queen of the Trapa Natans

Nutorious
Nutorious

High Prince

Rosette
Rosette

High Princess

Nutlette
Nutlette
Nuisance
Nuisance
Ouch
Ouch
Barbs
Barbs

Illustrations

Spring Growth
Spring Growth

1st in a series of five

Cross-section I
Cross-section I
Cross section II
Cross section II

"August" is a series of five clay panels designed to be displayed in a vertical format, one beneath the other.

Barbed spines

Barbed Spine I
Barbed Spine I
Barbed Spine II
Barbed Spine II

On each of the four tips of the nut grows a barbed spine that serves to secure the nut to the bottom of the water body or attach itself to a bird or animal, by way of the many barbs.  These are very sharp and can be very painful if stepped on.

 

Each of the spine sculptures pictured here portrays the spines magnified many times.

The Barbecue

The Barbecue: Part 1
The Barbecue: Part 1
The Barbecue: Part 2
The Barbecue: Part 2

People in other countries have long eaten the nuts of trapa natans, although there is now concern regarding toxic metals from polluted waters being absorbed into the soft tissue of the nuts.  Also, they must be carefully boiled to eliminate a parasite that often lives in them.

 

"The Barbecue" is an imagining of how the water chestnuts might be cooked here in the United States - if only it were safe to do so.

Platters

Platter I
Platter I
Celadon Platter
Celadon Platter