Post-pastoral Ceramics: A Distinctive Ecological Language

By Julia Jones.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In this paper I assert that ceramics speaks with a distinctive visual language, and argue that when this language is applied to ecological cultural theory, some distinctive theoretical nuances arise. One example of this is the intersection between ceramics and the theory of “post-pastoral” outlined by British ecological cultural critic Terry Gifford in 1999. In this paper I argue that the work of three Australian ceramic artists, Ken Yonetani, Louise Boscacci and Vipoo Srivilasa, demonstrates distinctive theoretical nuances of ceramic post-pastoral. I identify three nuances featured in ceramic post-pastoral. The first is the fragility of ceramics, a quality that has been utilised in Ken Yonetani’s installations. The second is ceramics’ close association with domestic utilitarian forms, which is evident in Louise Boscacci’s work. The third is the role that ceramics can play in facilitating intimate interactions between people and ecological ideas through dining events, which I will discuss in relation to Vipoo Srivilasa’s practice.

Keywords: Ceramics, Ecology, Post-pastoral, Transnational, Cross-disciplinary, Narrative

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.429-436. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.169MB).

Dr. Julia Jones

Independent Curator and Arts Writer, Arts Writer and Curator, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Julia Jones is an arts writer, curator and educator. She curated the Australian Ceramic Stories exhibition (April-May 2008, Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW) which drew upon her research expertise in both visual and literary culture. Jones’ areas of writing specialisation include ceramics, interdisciplinarity and ecological culture. Her research on urban literary and visual ecocriticism has explored intersections between national and transnational contexts: particularly between Britain, America and Australia. In 2007 Jones received a Ceramics Art and Perception award for critical writing. Her writing has been widely published in journals including Art Monthly Australia, Australian Art Review, Imprint, Ceramics Art and Perception, Ceramics Technical and The Journal of Australian Ceramics.


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