Kirsten Coelho´s stunning new body of porcelain works reference enamel wares and everyday vessels of the late nineteenth century. Her elegant, seductive works are both a tribute to and elevation of these humble domestic forms. They communicate the rich cultural and social histories of these objects while simultaneously imbuing the seemingly familiar with new visual meanings.
Coelho undertook a residency in Japan earlier this year as recipient of the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi Japan Travel Fund. Her latest body of work, with its organic forms and vivid colours, reminiscent of russet lacquer ware, reflects the influences of her time in Japan and the country’s rich ceramic history.