Water Chestnuts: Art

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Individual water chestnuts

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

"Fool the eye" technique

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

Taku-Fired

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Hiding: Detail
Hiding: Detail
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Discovered
Discovered

Taku-Fired

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Discovered: Detail
Discovered: Detail
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The Trapa Natans Dynasty

Invasivius
Invasivius

King of the Trapa Natans

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Intrusivia
Intrusivia

Queen of the Trapa Natans

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Nutorious
Nutorious

High Prince

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Rosette
Rosette

High Princess

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Nutlette
Nutlette
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Nuisance
Nuisance
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Ouch
Ouch
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Barbs
Barbs
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Illustrations

Spring Growth
Spring Growth

1st in a series of five

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

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Barbed spines

Barbed Spine I
Barbed Spine I
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Barbed Spine II
Barbed Spine II
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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
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The Barbecue: Part 2
The Barbecue: Part 2
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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.

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Platters

Platter I
Platter I
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Celadon Platter
Celadon Platter
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