I was particularly drawn to Lene's decoration of the "mudka" because it told the story of her collaboration and experience during her time in India. Linking form with decoration and India to Australia.
The cross hatching symbolising her home, Melbourne, and the iconic Fed. Square, Melbourne's home for Australian art.
This surely was a unique and successful collaboration between India and Australia; both gaining skill and understanding. Culminating in a wonderful exhibition at PanGALLERY and a silent auction with the proceeds to fund a more energy efficient kiln for their home village of Kumhaar Gram, India.
For further reading: Crosshatched 2011–mudka in Victoria, at craftUNBOUND click here.
Statement from Lene Kuhl Jakobsen for ‘Crosshatched’.
Mudka title : Memento Terra.
The brushwork decoration on my mudka refers to the look of traditional mudkas I saw in India last year when visiting villages and museums with other potters.
I have used the image of the bird/hand sculpture by Le Corbusier situated in Chandigarh. There we also visited the fantastic and inspiring Nek Chand Rock Garden with its numerous mosaics and sculptures.
The band of angular patterns brings the mudka to Melbourne by refering to the Fed Square triangular designs but this could also come from the memory of fir trees with their spiky needles in the hills behind Andretta……..