Shepparton Art Museum
Hold Everything Dear III
fabric, blown-glass, wax and wood
83 x 99 x 302cm
Shepparton Art Museum Collection
Image courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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This work by Benjamin Armstrong represents a significant acquisition by one of Australia’s leading emerging contemporary artists. "Benjamin Armstrong’s sculptures often employ wax and glass. Static objects appear to wriggle, thrust, or be pulled downwards by an unforgiving gravity. Eyeballs stare across at breasts, while tendrils clutch at dark, inviting orifices. We rush to keep up with our own imagination." (Dr Peter Hill, artist and writer and Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at RMIT University, Melbourne.)
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) houses one of the finest collections of Australian studio and commercial ceramics in the country, representing all of the major developments in Australian ceramic history. The ceramics collection contains over 3,000 pieces and includes significant works by the first convict potters through to commercial potteries and individual studio potters.
Australia's leading contemporary ceramicists are represented in the collection, including Stephen Benwell, Deborah Halpern, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Neville French, Dr Gloria Fletcher Thancoupie (Thanakupi), Julie Bartholomew and Prue Venables to name a few. Highlights of the collection include Delinquent Angel (1961) by John Perceval; Spruce Ginger Beer Bottle (c.1830) by Jonathan Leak; The Lovers' Platter (c.1958) by Arthur Boyd and The Four Horsemen of the 21st Century Apocalypse (Water Scarcity, Peak Oil, Food Shortages, Over population) (2009) by Penny Byrne.
SAM also has a collection of important paintings, works on paper, photography and mixed media. A visitor favourite is certainly Sam Jinks’ Woman and Child (2010) sculpture made of human and horse hair and silicone. This work really has to be seen to be believed.