Materials:Ceramic, Porcelain, Steel
Physical Object Description:6 black glazed porcelain vessels in a steel frame vitrine and corian plinth
Dimensions:32 x 30 x 7 cm
Accession Number:PAC : 195
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2016
Ownership history:New Art Centre, Salisbury; presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2016
oir-thir (2016) is an elegant steel vitrine with a heavy corian base that holds six cylindrical porcelain vessels in a dark palette. Their black and brown glazes and metallic textures recall found objects, in particular the kind of Neolithic or Iron Age relics previously unearthed on Orkney island. The work has been made especially for The Pier, and is a reposte to the holmr series, shown during wavespeech, an exhibition by De Waal and David Ward at The Pier in 2015. The Gaelic title oir-thir translates beautifully, though loosely, as ‘end of the land’ and picks up on De Waal’s deep interest in language.
The simplicity and elegance of De Waal’s work, together with his interest in engaging creatively with architectural space, offers a contemporary reflection on the Modernist themes in The Pier’s Collection, principally innovation in materials and experimentation in form. The Pier’s Collection contains works that chart the development of Modernism in Britain, as well as contemporary works that draw on the themes light, colour, landscape.
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