Commonplace

Peta Berghofer
Wednesday, 2 January, 2019 to Sunday, 3 February, 2019

Peta BERGHOFER / Baby vessel, Four handled mug & Lady Amphora 2018 / stained white raku & porcelain / dimensions variable / Photograph: Theresa Hall

Commonplace, by local artist Peta Berghofer, explores the synthesis of sculptural and functional ceramics. With traditional, domestic forms as a starting point, each object is made or installed to disrupt complete functionality. This body of work is designed to bounce between two sectors and discuss the dichotomy between 'art' and 'craft'.  Through informal techniques, each clay object is made to be about things as well as for things, placing an accent on facility and concept driven work.

Continuing the intersection between clay and art object, alternative plinths referencing everyday furniture display the ceramics. At once, the plinths are reminiscent of domestic design, yet remain a device for raising an object as sculpture and bringing it into public view. Together, the ceramics and plinths create abstract still-life installations that slip in and out of gallery and domestic space.