DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
Pippin DRYSDALE | Water mark I

Australia 1943
To Perth, Western Australia 1973
Water mark I
Tanami traces series IV 2005
glazed porcelain
38.5 (h) cm 18.0 cm (diameter)
Lent by Pippin Drysdale
Acorn Photography

The colour and texture of the Northern Territory’s Tanami Desert are continual points of reference for Pippin Drysdale in the construction and glazing of her porcelain vessels. As a poised and tranquil metaphor for life and survival in an increasingly dry climate, each vessel transcends its formidable craftsmanship to encapsulate space and time. The watermarks in the titles of the group of works illustrated here suggest the slow, ancient withdrawal of water from the desert landscape, the liminal rings of geological age and the leaching of essential elements to the surface. Such evidence is usually seen from the air, oval aircraft windows framing an unrolling spectacle of geological time. Drysdale’s vessels collapse and encapsulate this sense of space and time, offering no barriers to our eyes and hands except for the tension of the thin rim that separates the eroded surface from the stillness and profundity of the interior.

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