Toward the end of the day 2012
porcelain, pale-grey-white and iron oxide glazes
Shepparton Art Museum, Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australian prize, 2012
© the artist
Photograph: Matthew Stanton
Kirsten Coelho was the Australian winner of the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. Her installation of domestic interiors memorialises the experience of 19th century migrants and settlers arriving in Australia.
Kirsten Coelho’s installation of domestic interiors memorialises the experience of 19th century migrants and settlers arriving in Australia.
The artist has reproduced archetypal household items of the time in porcelain, which through their solid, almost ghostly white appearance and rusted, decaying edges, speak of the extraordinary dreams, ambitions, failings and violence of this period.
Drawn from scenarios depicted in colonial-era paintings by Australian artists Sir John Longstaff and Frederick McCubbin, and the atmospheric interiors of Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, Coelho’s gin bottles, medicine jars, oilcans and bowls reflect on how objects and art shape history and cultural memory.