This is a new set of multi-part mirrors and panels inspired by The Ru Ware Project, a set of nine paintings executed between 2007-2012 by Brice Marden. The title derives from Marden's experience of viewing an exhibition of the famously scarce Ru Ware ceramics in Taipei. These ceramics were made in China for a short period around 1100 and were highly prized then and now. Marden was intrigued by the colour shifts he witnessed and on his return to the USA he sought to capture his impression from memory.
While Marden's work is dislayed in a horizontal line, the mirrors and panels can be arranged in a multitude of ways using the full nine units or fewer and they can also be rearranged as desired. The slides show three completed units, a detail and test samples. The panels have been hand painted using the lovely chalky paint from Edward Bulmer. The colours used in the first photograph are Aquatic and Vert de Mer - these and the other colours are very similar to the colours Marden used in his set of paintings.
As a point of interest there are twenty-one of these pieces in Taipei, however the British Museum has seventeen, including those in the Percival David Collection. Fewer than one hundred of these ceramics are known to have survived.