Tea Vessel, India, January 2019

Painted in Japanese watercolor over a period in 2019 that artist Johanna Tagada spent traveling between India and England, the Tea Vessel series pays homage to tea cultures of two countries, while acknowledging her own personal tea practice as central to her being. As the idiom goes, what makes a teapot is the empty space inside. In Tagada’s straightforward, monochromatic rendering the watercolour is left to swirl and pool inside the bounds of the form, suggesting a latent potential in both the volume and the space around it.

Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck, b. 1990, Strasbourg, France, is a painter and interdisciplinary artist whose practice is built on her own daily meditations, expanding outwards to incorporate ecological observations and wider cultural theories. She lives and works in London.

Japanese watercolor on paper

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