It’s The Week of the Vessel on Iconophilia. The most intense expression of this theme is to be found at Patsy Hely’s exhibition “around & about” at Helen Maxwell Gallery in Braddon, Canberra. Not only does Hely make exquisite cast and surformed porcelain vessels, she then uses them as the support for her elegant and engaging genre paintings (in under & overglaze colours). The forms, colours, and translucent materials of her objects/images cohere in a beautifully distinctive way. Hely records her subjects like a visual diary – the images that catch her eye from a wide range of sources and experiences find their way onto her evolving vessel repertoire.
But it was this example Jug: Gwynn Hanssen Piggott, 2009 which particularly caught your Iconophile’s eye: here Hely renders Morandi via Gwynn Hanssen Piggott. And hey presto! in Hely’s work the origins of all this homage action comes full circle: only now are the still lifes of crowded vessels rendered on the surface of a vessel. Hely’s impressions on a twin-lipped jug comes fresh from viewing GHP’s exhibition at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, which I reported in The Not Morandi Effect