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Alison BRITTON | Pores

United Kingdom 1948
Ceramic vase 2003
glazed high-fired earthenware
68.5 (h) x 36.0 (w) x 55.0 (d) cm
NGA 2004.283

Pores is a complex expression of Alison Britton’s investigations into the vessel form. It is ambiguous in its reference to function, and exhibits the asymmetry of volume and painterly surface abstraction that characterises her ceramics. Her interest in the tension between contained and delineated form is seen in this work, where an inwardly turned lip draws the eye to the vessel’s unreachable interior. An artery-like spout offers a weak promise of delivery of the vessel’s imagined contents, but it serves only as a vestige of function. Deep cuts in the vessel wall and a smattering of perforations further destabilise its visual functionality, while a hazy, disconnected surface pattern hints at a larger narrative beyond this fragment. Britton draws together such apparent flaws of function into a work that should reflect nervous intensity, but instead sits calmly resolved through its impracticalities.

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