Manningham Art Gallery
Wednesday 14 August : 6:00 – 8:00 pm
To be officially opened by Manningham Mayor Paula Piccinini and 2019 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award Judge Eva Czernis-Ryl.
Major Award Winner and acquisitions to be announced on the night.
Manningham’s biennial acquisitive award surveying the diversity of practices in contemporary ceramics across the state.
The Finalist’s Exhibition will present the very best selections from a broad field of entries, with the overall winner and general acquisitions being announced at the exhibition opening.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday
The Offering 330x330x180mm, Layered Ceramic Glaze Materials, Screen-Print Application
The fragile scrolls in this artwork symbolise a parchment called Klaf, which is inscribed with the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael. The Shema, considered to be one of the most important parts of the prayer service in Judaism, serves as a centrepiece of morning and evening prayer services. In Jewish tradition the parchment is rolled up and placed inside a decorative case called Mezuzah. The Mezuzah is attached to a home door post in order to offer protection.
In my artwork, The Offering, these delicate scrolls are carried by seven reiterated robust clay vessels bonded together, suggesting a ceremonial procession. The work explores protection and fragility as symbolic metaphors for cultural place and belonging. Each delicate scroll is formed with translucent clay and embodies a potent energy, carrying a wish for protection within. In binding repetitive singular elements together, imprinted with prayers, names and numbers, the work speaks about people, the individuals that connect to a group, and the sense of security within belonging. The Offering is an object of fortitude and vulnerability.