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Ceramics: aesthetics of materiality

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McGrath, VF (2007) Ceramics: aesthetics of materiality. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

In the late nineteen eighties American ceramic artist Rick Dillingham put a new twist on the creation and
reading of clay vessels. Dillingham worked as a restorer of pre-historic Indian ceramic pots at the Museum
of New Mexico, Laboratory of Anthropology in New Mexico, USA. Over time he became absorbed by the
way ceramic shards communicate interrupted narratives, calling upon the viewer to fill in the spaces and
imagine the whole artefact and its surface imagery as it might have been in the past. This sensory process
was as much an intellectual challenge as it was a physical retrieval and reconstruction of ceramic vessels.
As a restorer Dillingham’s task was to rebuild the pot from found shards so that it might be visualised in its
physical form not that much different to the time it was in use by Indian communities.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
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© 2007 the author, artist and the University of
Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 16:10
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2010 01:49
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