Curated by Karen O’Clery, Director, Narek Galleries.
John Berger said in his seminal text, Ways of Seeing*
It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world;
we explain that world with words,
but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.
For me to try to say in words what this work is about is therefore ignoring the primacy of these objects. I use them to make sense of the world- particularly and selfishly that world I am surrounded by- and in doing so, to find physical and cultural commonalities amongst what is perceived as 'foreign', 'different', 'home' and 'ours'.
Janet DeBoos has an intelligent, continually questioning approach to her work, and that combined with her dedication to ceramics and the skills developed through repetition via her much loved domestic ware, results in works of thoughtfulness and substance. An exciting new direction has been evolving over the past decade through regular periods of time spent in China working with industrial ceramic factories. Using imagery and motifs drawn from Australia and China, the works occupy a space between functional and non-functional, industry and the hand-made and go a long way towards fostering cultural relations between both countries.
* John Berger. Ways of Seeing,. London: Penguin, 1977. Chapter 1; p7
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