‘Pants Off, Unashamedly Earthenware’

Figurative Ceramic Sculptures

Art House Gallery, Sydney, 2010

‘Pants off’ is an exhibition of ceramic figurines inspired by the traditional English nineteenth century Shropshire figures of courting couples and pagan shepherds and shepherdesses.The figurines unashamedly remove their clothing to reveal a previously concealed sexuality subverting the traditional constructs of romantic courtly love.The titles of the works also reveal a political intent, playfully commenting on the machinations of the art world, what’s hot and what’s not, the fashionable and the sexiness of the art market where art becomes commodity.Figurines often historically acted as a form of social commentary and courtly entertainment, like small staged representations they act as parables, in this case telling tales of the art world.