Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Recent Ceramics work from Sydney College of the Arts
This work is made up of about 40-50 small thrown and carved pieces that were raku fired. Each piece is made up of its own small composition of forms. The individual pieces can be balanced on one another precariously and can form innumerable different compositions and shapes. People have seen many different forms in these pieces, including coral, native plants charred by a bush fire, and dancers. Jan Guy said the pieces looked Baroque in their excess. I think this work functions successfully because it cannot be defined by one thing; instead it references many things simultaneously and fluidly as the composition changes. I prefer to balance pieces rather than adhering them because this leaves the potential for change at any moment, thus creating tension in the piece (as different forms can fall --and did fall a few times, due to wind).