Gallery / Mining the Archive - Spittoons

2009

Vessels for 21st Century Epidemic  2009

stoneware clay, glazes, c-type print

variable installation, single vessel h: 26cm, w: 18cm, d: 18cm

 

Statement about work:

In a display of fine Song Dynasty ceramic tableware in the Shanghai Museum, sits a spittoon. It is a beautifully made receptacle for a repellent fluid. It’s inclusion amusingly reminded me of Duchamp’s provocative action of placing a porcelain urinal in a 20th century French gallery.

 

The juxtaposition (whether intentional or not) of sanitary ceramics objects alongside objects of higher purpose creates a strong emotional reaction.

 

Vessel for 21st Century Epidemic captures a sense containment, its purpose is to secure and isolate time gives, assurances of not sharing or spreading its contents.

 



This work was shortlisted for the exhibiton Bottled, 2009

Pan Gallery, Northcote Pottery.

Curators: Kim Brockett and Anita Cummins

Judge: Jane Sawyer

Guest Speaker: Joanne Ely, curator Shepparton Art Gallery

Exhibiting artists: Zoe Baker, Catherine Reid, Peter Pilven, Ingrid Tufts, Petra Svoboda, Katie Jacobs, Sue Sanderson, Lisa Gair, Claire Blake, Sue Cotton, Terry Marston, Robyn Phelan, Leah Jackson, Pauline Meade, Christopher Plumridge, JaneWalton, Heather May, Hilary Dobson.

 

Catalogue essay The aesthetics of touch in Bottled by Kim Brockett

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