Masami Teraoka (b. 1936)
United States, 1968
Sculpture; lacquer on fiberglass resin
Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

An important theme in Teraoka’s work during the late 1960s, when he was living and working in Los Angeles, was American female sexuality, which he expressed through abstract, metaphorical imagery rather than through direct references to female anatomy. Though intended to communicate a sense of sensuousness and sensuality, the motif that he ultimately decided to use was a form that resembles a layer of lasagna. An enlarged version of this sculpture is currently in the collection of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.