Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ceramicist and writer

Louise Boscacci, Porcelain discs and bowl 2007

There is a wonderful article, written by Brett Ballard, about Australian ceramic artist Louise Boscacci, in the most recent edition of Ceramics: Art and Perception, entitled Form and Idea. Louise is represented by Rex Irwin Art Dealer and the gallery website features another essay by Ballard - The lyric forms of Louise Boscacci .

I mention this because Ballard's writing and quoting of Boscacci has heightened my appreciation and enjoyment of her ceramics. I don't always want explanations or interpretations, preferring to experience a sensory or emotional response to an artwork. But when the nature of the work is such that it not only moves me but provokes personal questions then I appreciate the benefits of the interpretation of others.

After reading Ballard's articles I not only thought 'no wonder I like her work so much' but also 'now I think I like it even more'! And because I am at pains to express my enjoyment of Louise Boscacci's art any better than Brett Ballard expresses his own, here are some highlights from the articles...

"Boscacci is able to balance the visual and formal qualities of an object by intellectual association. Her objects succeed firstly by invitation to the eye and senses...But moreover...Boscacci's ceramics engage the mind."

"for Boscacci symbolic content has a role to play in shaping forms...indeed...there is little difference...between symbolic content and symbolic object?"

"[For Boscacci] idea and form must be synonymous, a representation of a felt landscape, something read, seen or remembered, transmuted into objects that reach beyond a received idea of ceramics"

Louise Boscacci, Small solace suite, 2007

There is so much more in both essays but I best not quote them in entirety. But I will mention that Ballard makes two very bold claims in the Ceramics: Art and Perception article...

"to succeed form must be realised as idea simultaneously"

"originality in ceramics is only possible
by acknowledging the traditions of functional pottery."

I feel comfortable with these ideas .

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