ASIRI: “smiling”; or “who smiles”, in the Inka’s mother tongue Quechua. Faithful to this Andean tradition, ASIRI HANDMADE is inspired by our Mother Earth, the “Pachamama”, and the full gamut of colours of the northern landscapes of its country.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the artist begun this journey studying Scenography Arts. Although she would enjoy transforming empty spaces into new parallel worlds, something was missing. It was a connection with the exterior world, the real world. This led her to follow a new path: Fine Arts.
While exploring with paintings and drawings is when the mud came into her life. It is this essential matter what has enabled the human being to elaborate its basic tools and artefacts for thousands of years. And we keep doing so. In the same way, the artist and the mud have never separated ways since.
Her hands moulding the mud form a link with art, nature and thousands of years of history. By shaping mud, she shapes time and space. Doing so, she learnt how to recognize the beauty in each stage, to fall in love with the process, and to value its timeframes. Each piece is special and unique.
Her social sensitivity got her involved with the teaching of this trade in underprivileged communities. Here she was able to share her knowledge and witness the benefits of the emotional channel that is developed between the hands and the mud. If you are able to transform an amorphous mass of mud into a beautiful craft, why wouldn’t you be able to change your reality?
By 2016, the artist moved to Australia, where she continued to study and explore the vast world of pottery. In 2018 she decided to complement ceramics with the philosophy of Yoga and obtained the Yoga Teacher certificate. As per her words “Working with mud, and feeling it spin between my hands lures me into a constant state of meditation”.
The main influences for her work are: the great artist Lucie Rie, who managed to overcome social and historic obstacles, and left countless of beautiful art pieces; and the Japanese pottery, with its essential simplicity, found in the lightness of its strokes, the simple lines, and its minimalist designs, expressing beauty from the economy of resources.
These days, ASIRI HANDMADE continues to work at her workshop in Sydney.