QUICK(ISH) QUESTIONS WITH DOMINIQUE OSTUNI
Parrot Tulips. A sign of spring's grand arrival.
Frost Porcelain. A translucent canvas once fired to temperature. The ways one can enjoy a cup of coffee in a mug that–when held up to the sun– shows immense transparency has always struck me as one of the most beautiful moments one can experience.
Favorite place you've traveled to?
Nothing compares to walking the streets of Rome in September, eating fruits in the sun and chestnuts in the evening - it oozes spirit.
|Marie Antoinette with a Rose, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1783
Oh, this one was difficult to answer. I would not say I have a favorite - I have key players that I visit often, books I reread just to feel big feelings, books that remind me of my past, present, future. I read often, many books at once, all of the time. I just finished "A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer" and thought it was a wonderful read. My partner makes perfume, and we both study and cherish it immensely. The book is a magical piece that goes into Jean-Louis Fargeon's journey creating lavish bespoke scents that reflected Antoinette's moods and personalities.
Favorite color combo?
Crimson and light grape.
Favorite historical artist?
Betty Woodman, 1930 - 2018, was a ceramicist who transformed the history of clay as a medium. Her deconstruction of the vessel as an object and ideas on painting and sculpture have always been an inspiration for me. There is currently an excellent show at the David Kordansky Gallery that really shows the ways in which she wished for the viewer to experience her work within the framework of modernist painting.
Betty Woodman, 1973
Three of your favorite Instagram accounts for inspiration?
What is something you have never made that you would love to in the future?
I strenuously care, to no end, about setting aside time for experimentation in the studio. Next month I plan to make large-scale clocks as the hardware just arrived in the post, and I am looking forward to it very much.