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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Exhibition to take new look at domestic life

Art lovers with an affinity for their homes and their creature comforts are expected to feel a fondness for Newcastle Art Gallery’s latest exhibition.

Entitled DOMESTIC BLISS: functional works from the collection, the instalment is expected to showcase everyday household items in a whole new light.

Featuring both Australian and international ceramic artists, Newcastle Art Gallery director Lauretta Morton says the exhibition plays with the conventions of useful household items.

“Domestic and functional wares represent many aspects of life,” she said.

 “The flower vase for ceremony and remembrance, the platter shared in celebration, and tea bowls representing culturally diverse tradition and customs.

DOMESTIC BLISS elevates everyday ceramics as works of art and reveals the artists’ transnational stories of place and identity. 

Ms Morton said the exhibition included pieces that mimicked 1960s Tupperware, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s still life as well as the talents of the Hermannsburg potters in transforming jars into expansive desert landscapes.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said with so much time spent at home during COVID-19, now was the perfect time to remind people of the beauty and traditions associated with objects usually found in the home.

“During the seventies and eighties, the Gallery played a leading role in establishing Newcastle as a centre of national significance in ceramics,” she said.

“Our collection now features more than 900 ceramic works by Australian and international artists.

“Notably, the Gallery has the largest collection of Sodeisha ware in the Southern hemisphere, which was donated to Newcastle in 1981 in recognition of the Gallery’s commitment to Japanese ceramics.

DOMESTIC BLISS provides an opportunity to showcase a small portion of this wonderful collection, highlighting the beauty of what is normally considered a humble household item.” 

DOMESTIC BLISS: functional works from the collection will be on display from this Saturday 28 November to 31 January 2021.