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Mirror Pots (Pair), 2023

Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Mirror Pots (Pair), 2023 were included in the NGV's FOCUS exhibition at the Melbourne Design Fair 2023. They are currently in a private collection.

Historically, the “vase pair” is a striking and effective trope, possessing a balance and symmetry when displayed together. They have a traditional sensibility, being a popular design in ancient pottery producing cultures such as Iran, China, and Greece, and then reproduced in Europe starting in the 17th century. Vases, being rather anthropomorphic objects, take on new meaning when in a pair. They begin to symbolise parallels, closeness, and connection.

In a space they converse with each other with equal importance, neither being louder or quieter than the other. If one is a question, the other is an answer. If one is a statement, the other is a punctuation mark. They are mirrors of each other.

The surface decoration continues my exploration of the spiral as a symbol and decorative motif that is enmeshed with the art of pottery. The spiral, representing growth, expansion, and transformation, evidences the interaction of artist, material, and the turning wheel. Reflective platinum lustre overglaze invites further play on the the title of the work.