Kirsten Coelho
17 Jan – 16 Feb 20
Selected Works
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Bottle with Cup 2019

porcelain, matte pale grey white glaze, banded iron oxide
30 × 17 × 15 cm, 2 pieces

Haven 2019

porcelain, matte white crackle glaze, banded iron oxide, saturated iron oxide glaze
28 × 45 × 24 cm, 6 pieces

Pair of Cups 2019

porcelain, celadon and saturated iron glazes
each cup 9.5 × 9.5 cm (approx.)

Pair of Cups 2019

porcelain, celadon and Tenmoku glazes
each cup 9.5 × 9.5 cm (approx.)

Passages 2019

porcelain, matte white glaze, banded iron oxide, saturated iron glaze
29 × 130 × 34 cm, 11 pieces
boxed, 33 × 58 × 55 cm

Exhibition Text

Kirsten Coelho’s Passages is a new body of work that explores ongoing themes of social history and material culture.

The series examines the physical and metaphorical changes that occur when one leaves their home and the notion of the heroes’ welcome when one returns. This is translated through a body of work investigating the objects we take with us on our journey, and how our perception of said objects is altered by different historical and cultural contexts.

With a long history of use extending from China to Europe, porcelain provides a rich canvas with which to articulate notions of a journey. Many of the objects in the exhibition contain iron oxide, a commonplace metal compound and veritable contrast to the immaculate and precious porcelain. This, coupled with the ephemeral qualities of porcelain itself, unveils the mutability of light and shadow and the convergence of the formal and the abstract across surfaces and shapes.

Through Coelho’s porcelain and metal compounds, Passages synthesises constructed narratives that attempt to interpret themes of alteration, versatility and metamorphosis.

Sullivan+Strumpf acknowledge the Indigenous People of this land, the traditional custodians on whose Country we work, live and learn. We pay respect to Elders, past and present, and recognise their continued connection to culture, land, waters and community.

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