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Edward EBERLE | Tin Feathers Metal Wings

EBERLE, Edward
United States of America 1944
Tin Feathers Metal Wings 2001
porcelain with painted terra sigillata decoration
51.0 (h) x 40.5 (w) x 35.5 (d) cm
NGA 2003.482

Moving away from the classically derived pot, plate and urn forms that have characterised his work, in Tin feathers metal wings Edward Eberle reassembles the deconstructed elements of a vessel, painting and drawing figures on its surfaces in a dense, black terra sigillata slip. The tension between the loose patterns and shapes that comprise the structure and decoration of this work differentiates two realms: the representational and metaphorical, and the abstract and symbolic. Eberle’s work draws from the language of classical Greek ceramics and their implied relationship between figural imagery and form; his vessels become tableaux in which a variety of human figure types and characters play out a linear drama. In this work he has torn the vessel apart and reconstructed it with a looseness and vigour that energises the figures painted on it. The nature of duality that is explored in Eberle’s storytelling thus becomes more complex and multi-layered as a result of this intervention into the form.

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