Sun Room is a solo exhibition in which artist Tessy King displays a selection of artwork that considers the meaning and value attached to the ceramic vessel. With a playful nod to the practice of displaying one’s prized objects, this exhibition subverts notions of priceless craft and preciousness. Curated by Jade Bitar, Sun Room remarks on the status of clay making by referencing past incarnations of ceramic objects in antiquity and domestic wares. Contemporary appropriation associated with cultural cringe is deconstructed while emphasizing the ceramic vessel’s historic prevalence. The artist’s hand is visible in every decision made in the construction, which results in a haptic yet perfectly defined and purposeful result. A recent RMIT graduate, King’s original and confident approach in her practice has made her one to watch in contemporary craft. King has exhibited regularly both nationally and internationally
Sun Room is one of the first exhibitions taking place as part of its new Emerging Makers and Curators Program, an initiative designed to showcase the work of exciting new talent to a wider audience. It provides key professional development opportunities, acting as a vital stepping stone for emerging makers and curators supported by the expertise and profile of Craft. Following an open call for expressions of interest, the final selection of artists and curators was made by an advisory group of external experts including artists Kate Rohde and Marc Freeman.
Exhibition dates: 22 April - 27 May
Exhibition launch: Saturday 29 April, 4.00-6.00pm
Venue: Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Image Credit: Tessy King, Sun Room (Rainbow Vessel), 2016, glazed stoneware, lustre, granite, steel, turmeric dyed calico, dimensions variable