Merran Esson explores the imagery of the industrial detritus that forms part of Australia’s rural landscape, focusing in particular on the ubiquitousness of metal water containers, from buckets to water tanks. Corroded, dented, mended and eventually rendered useless and cast aside, their forms remain potent in Esson’s translation into ceramic, becoming metaphors for persistence and survival. The awkward junctions in Doubleshot 2, glazed to imitate the verdigris one might find on a disused copper pot, suggest a vessel that has been crudely modified to extend its use or capacity. Its multiple bullet-like piercings also allude to the vandalised fate of many isolated rural signs and metal objects, mute targets of anger and boredom.
Catalogue Statement by Robert Bell Robert Bell is Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the National Gallery of Australia Catalogue statement, published in Transformations: The Language of Craft by Robert Bell. Published by the National Gallery of Australia 2005 www.nga.gov.au/transformations ©Robert Bell. 2005. All rights reserved.