DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
Susan WRAIGHT | Spring awakening

Great Britain 1955
To Australia1983
Spring awakening
netsuke 2005
wood, amber
approx. 5.0 (h) x 5.0 (w) x 5.0 (d) cm
Lent by Susan Wraight
photographed by Susan Wraight

Susan Wraight works within the material and scale conventions of the netsuke – the decorative toggle that forms part of traditional Japanese dress. Netsuke forms and images are customarily drawn from such sources as Japanese mythology, folktales or local flora and fauna; they are finely carved in ivory or wood, and are sometimes embellished with lacquer, precious metals or amber. Wraight reinterprets this model, deriving her themes from Australian and European sources, depicting small native animals and insects, eucalypt blossoms or, sometimes, fairytales. She spends many hours researching, observing and drawing her subjects before they are painstakingly carved from small blocks of close-grained timber. In Spring awakening a sleepy dormouse drowsily opens one eye when roused from winter slumber by a shimmering beetle passing across its shoulder. We are drawn into intimate contemplation of these small creatures, captivated by their skilful rendering and by the poignancy of the passing moment they suggest. EKB

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