Soft Boiled Screams
Soft Boiled Screams by South Australian artist Sue Lorraine.
“The last few years, as Anne Brennan notes in her catalogue essay for my show Measured #2, have been “a huge global catastrophe – deaths, the separation from loved ones, the mismanagement of governments – and of its bathetic, personal and everyday struggles – the absence of toilet paper in the supermarkets, the ritual of masks and hand sanitiser, the sudden confinement of our lives within our domestic spaces.” The series titled Soft Boiled Screams was made during this time of turmoil and dislocation and is a wry, dry reaction to the daily domestic angst that spilled out everywhere.
The companion piece, Breakfast of Champions, is a nod to mid-century aesthetics, the heyday of the mulga wood souvenirs and my extensive collection of eggcups. It’s a formal arrangement of generally insignificant objects for a time when we really shouldn’t forget the little pleasures. The title of the work, which is grander than the piece, is taken from the novel by Kurt Vonnegut of the same name, a story that probes the human condition at its extremes and under pressure.
While our memories of the past few years are still fresh let’s hope we can nurture and appreciate those moment of calm, kindness and order.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Sue's arts practice spans over forty-years and she is a partner and founding member of Gray Street Workshop. Her practice revolves around her relationship with objects and their potential and power to hold and to assign meaning and memory.
She strives to make work that is personal but with a degree of abstraction, work that is sometimes wearable, sometimes not, sometimes solid, other times fragile, often small, on occasions large, always thoughtful, never rushed and made with skill and refinement.
ABOUT GRAY STREET WORKSHOP:
Established in 1985, by Anne Brennan, Catherine Truman and Sue Lorraine, Gray Street Workshop is a collectively run studio and access facility for artists working in the field of contemporary jewellery and object making. The uncompromising commitment of this group of artists to their work and to a studio-based practice has enabled Gray Street to evolve into one of Australia's most exciting and respected workshops.
THIS PIECE IS PART OF THE EXHIBITION 'THE WONDER OF THINGS HELD’
THE EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL APRIL 16th, 2024. ANY SOLD WORK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION OR DELIVERY IN THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THIS DATE.
Dimensions: Dimensions variable
Materials: Oxidised cast bronze, mulga wood egg cups
Care Instructions: Wipe with a soft cloth
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