Our February laurel is awarded to Aleisa Miksad for a vessel that bristles with Dionysian energy.
Vessel, 2023 is a porcelain vessel with hand-moulded embellishments such as petals, leaves and fur. These are added in deliberately excessive amounts. This work is a part of a recent series of maximalist ceramics exhibited at Curatorial + co in 2023 exploring the rich symbolism of Dionysus and themes of duality, abundance and excess.
Thyrsus 2 depicts Dionysius’ thyrsus, crafted from stoneware using hand coiling techniques. The sculpted embellishments of artichoke petals and thorns add texture and detail to the piece, giving it a sense of organic richness.
Fur, 2023 representing a hanging animal pelt is a study of the relationship between humans and animals, and how the Dionysian worshipers wore animal pelts as a symbol of their connection to the natural world. Around 5000 hand-rolled stoneware spikes cover the surface of the sculpture adding a sense of aggression and violence, creating a dichotomy between the beauty and brutality of nature.
These pieces pay homage to classical forms while pushing the boundaries of what is possible with contemporary techniques and materials. These ceramic sculptures are produced through a meticulous approach to coiling and texturing the clay to produce ‘ropes’ which are wound to create forms. Using washes of underglaze and firing techniques produces the distinctive, bleached bone-like surface that accentuates the details.
Aleisa Miksad (b.1980 Mackay, QLD) lives and works in Kialla. She is represented by Curatorial+Co, Sydney/Eora. Her practice is influenced by her travels and interest in classical ceramics and literature. Follow @aleisamiksad.
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