Gallery / Porcelain Wall-Ode to an Obsession

2010

Statement about work:

In the 17th century, King Augustus of Saxony became obsessed by Chinese blue and white porcelain.  His hoard of porcelain remains to this day, filling the walls of his former palace in dense, decorative displays.

 

In 2008, I undertook a residency at the Experimental Sculpture Factory and Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China.  This visit to the ‘Porcelain City’ crystalised a passion for working in porcelain and using blue decoration and continues to resonate in my work.

 

The ceramic sculpture collected together in Porcelain Wall- Ode to an Obsession engages in the immense history that surrounds blue and white porcelain manufacture, trade and collection.


The first installation of this wall piece was at First Site Gallery, RMIT. It was also shortlisted in the RMIT Honours Endowment Travelling Scholarship at the School of Art Gallery, RMIT where it was awarded a travel scholarship in 2010.

 

In 2015, new works were added to this installation for inclusion in the show Storm in a Teacup. Curated by Wendy Garden and showed at Mornington Penninsula Art Gallery featuring ceramic artists Stephen Bowers, Penny Byrne, Bern Emmerichs, Trent Jansen, Robyn Phelan, Vipoo Srivilasa amongst many other contemporary artists and historical collection. Exhibition: 24 July - 27 September 2015.

 

 

Porcelain Wall-Ode to an Obsession 2015 by Robyn Phelan

Porcelain Wall-Ode to an Obsession  2015

porcelain paperclay, stoneware, cobalt oxide, timber, pigment

h: 240 x w: 122 x d: 42cm

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Depleted 2009 by Robyn Phelan

Depleted  2009

Southern Ice Paper Clay, cobalt glaze

h. 35cm, w. 26cm, d. 20 cm

Porcelain Wall - Ode to an Obsession 2010 by Robyn Phelan

Porcelain Wall - Ode to an Obsession  2010

porcelain paperclay, cobalt oxide, timber, pigment

h: 240 x w: 122 x d: 42cm

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Porcelain Wall - Ode to an Obsession (detail) 2010 by Robyn Phelan

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Porcelain Wall - Ode to an Obsession (installation) 2010 by Robyn Phelan

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