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Gwyn PIGOTT | Pale still life with teapot

Australia 1935
Britain from 1955-1965, France from 1966-1973
Pale still life with teapot
8-part group 2002
glazed porcelain
overall 19.5 (h) x 63.0 (w) x 18.0 (d) cm
Gift of Raphy Star
NGA 2005.235.A-H

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott concentrates on the subject of the functional vessel, investigating its subtleties and nuances. Exploring the format of the group, she presents variations on related forms of vases, beakers, bowls and teapots as still lifes. Wheel-thrown in porcelain and using variations of wood-fired celadon glazes, Pigott’s approach to composition and presentation in these deceptively simple forms of grouped, functional objects reflect the influence of Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Pale still life with teapot is presented as a linear progression of vessels, the tonal variation of each further revealed as the viewer comes closer to examine the effect of light and translucency on the tapering edges of the porcelain forms. A contemplative work of subtle beauty, this is an elegant distillation of Pigott’s understanding of ceramics and the nuances of placement.

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