Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Meet the Manga Ormolu: She's made entirely of ceramic and is a strange combination of futurist mecha-bot straight out of Appleseed, and an Ormolu vase straight out of eighteenth century France, where the Europeans amused themselves by collecting Chinese vases as exotic symbols of otherworldiness. (Today Ormolu copies are sold to tourists in Chinatowns across the world.) You can meet Manga Ormolu's friends in our gallery.

This amazing artwork was created by Canadian artist Brendan Tang, who loves to explore the cross-cultural weirdness of Asian pop with his mecha vases.

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang

Find out more about Tang's work, and read his artist statement, on his site. You gotta love a guy who can talk about the history of cultural imperialism and the coolness of manga in the same paragraph.