2018 Esther Shimazu (Hardbound)
Esther Shimazu is a Hawaii-based Japanese ceramicist that delights and shocks audiences with her voluptuous sculptures. Her naked, bald, full-bodied figures are playful and cheeky. Two-tailed cats, wild-eyed horses, and dogs of every kind often accompany Shimazu's characters. This 160-page monograph by Tahlia Aghily invites us to catch a glimpse further into this eccentric universe. 120 full-color plates are featured alongside a detailed history of Shimazu's life, art, and the underlying messages in her work.