Robert Strati’s Delicate Scenes in Ink Burst from Shattered Porcelain Plates

“The Fall with Blackbird” (2024), 29 x 24 x 2.5 inches. All images © Robert Strati, shared with permission

We often associate objects with memories—a stuffed bear reminds us of childhood playtime or a family heirloom of a beloved ancestor—but for Robert Strati, certain items also contain narratives of their own accord. The artist (previously) draws elaborate scenes that appear to burst from shattered porcelain plates as part of his Fragmented series. Perfectly matching ink to the design on the dinnerware, Strati expands the story within the vessel to the paper below, rendering large-scale, monochromatic scenes that seem to emanate from the original composition.

Recent works include “The Fall with Blackbird,” which depicts a small forest enclave that widens to reveal a small waterfall and imposing mountains in the background. Others take a more pointed and timely approach. “We the People,” for example, portrays a stately eagle flying from the White House, as the constitutional phrase explodes into chaos.

Find more from Strati on his website and Instagram.

“We the People” (2024), 37 x 37 x 2.5 inches

“Fragmented in Green with Moon and Mountains”

“Sailing Ships and the Winds” (2024), 35 x 29 x 2.5 inches

“Fragmented in Red with Minarets and Ships” (2024), 23 x 24 x 2.5 inches

“Fragmented in Green with Stag and Ship” (2024), 30 x 24 2.5 inches

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