Sometimes after a big adventure, what’s needed is a little quiet. And often, what arises out of this period of reflection is something, perhaps not quite so spectacular, but ultimately more personal and authentic.
In 2010, artist and designer Mihaeko embarked on a collaboration with Björk, creating larger-than-life instruments for the singer’s world tour. Though these were impressive and dramatic, Mihaeko longed to return to a more intimate form of expression. Thus, setting up shop in New York, the largely self-trained artist started Starling Brood.
Starling Brood is quiet collection of deeply personal, small-scale pieces, designed to be enjoyed one-person-at-a-time. Pocked tea cups with a resting place for your thumb; rustic, soft sculpture lap cats curled up in a ball; or porcelain mushrooms that fit in the palm of your hand, these are the stuff of moments of calm. And yet they are not unlively. Quietly dynamic, the artistic process is tangible in the pinches and prints which mark each with its own distinct character: some jaunty, others more languid. Fluid and organic, these pieces possess an understated energy. Like the slow beat of nature’s biological rhythms, their daily vicissitudes are no less palpable, though they may be indistinguishable to the naked eye. Neither conspicuous nor grand, Mihaeko’s Starling Brood may not impress from a stage “enthronged.” But to the individual, these small gifts of everyday life are no less breathtaking.