|The punt across the Yarra River|
It’s always a treat to make the pilgrimage across water to Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park, a 3.2 hectare artificial island constructed in the Yarra River adjacent to South Yarra and Richmond. https://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=17877#.Uy-Ip9wkXqA
The location makes this year’s Ceramics Victoria members’ exhibition even more appropriate. Entitled Vessel, Ceramics Victoria member works fall into three loose categories:
1. The vessel which looks at the formal qualities of volume, weight, balance between foot & rim.
|Maria Pribaz, Pilbara - Contemplation|
The eloquent combination of simple vessel and decoration.
|Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Allusive Landscape,|
a tranquil grouping.
|David Kerr, Bowls of Thought|
A geometric balancing act with a delightful row of throw cups across the back of this sculpture.
2. The vessel as a hollow container, one that has a long history linked to domestic ceramics use.
|Sandra Bowkett, Shards From Latitude-37.117035, longitude 145.133412|
Here remnant and recovered vessels and assembled in categories encourages us to ponder on their long lost utility and form.
|Amanda Christians, Treading Water|
This earthy vessel recalls functional indigenous water carriers
Amanda has won the 2014 Herring Island Summer Arts Festival Prize
3. The vessel as means of transporting and travelling on water
|Ann Ferguson, Vessel@doc.com|
This freighter is laden metaphorical possibilities, from Australia's reliance on imported goods to the MV Tampa rescue of Hazara refugees in 2001
|Hedley Potts, Seven Dawns Swarmed at Sea|
is a poetic interpretation of people at sea
|John O'Loughlin, Vessel for Hope? What Makes It Go Series Has a sensitive empathy for and the trepidation of refugees and migration|