Review / Sarit Cohen lifts domesticity to humour and art

visual arts “New Works – Sarit Cohen,” at Kaori Gallery, Cnr London Circuit and Hobart Place Canberra City, Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm until April 4. Reviewed by Meredith Hinchliffe

THERE is a stark contrast in the whitest of fine porcelain objects and robust kitchen utensils – mostly found but occasionally made – in Sarit Cohen’s new work.

2 cups on stainless steel spoons

2 cups on stainless steel spoons

Her work includes tiny cups, bowls and vessels, some nesting in large strainer spoons that hang on the wall, some enclosed in the ribs of whisks, and others grouped together on large trays. Using 3 D printing in plastic, Cohen has also paired cups which sit in saucers which she designed to reflect the minimal brushwork on both the inner and outer surfaces of the vessels. The surface decoration is inspired by meditative figures she saw in Asia, in addition to simple red and black lines and small motifs.

Several cups have scalloped rims, or scalloped ribs which form a handle. These refer to the tea strainer which was so important in the tea drinking ritual. The rims on others are folded towards the centre.

Found objects include turned wooden saucers, metal trays, plastic forms which held a desk tidy and a set of teaspoons with windmills.

Rejuvenate

Rejuvenate

“Rejuvenate” is a statement that lifts the mundane nature of domesticity to one of humour and art, as does “Balancing Act” – three cups on a folding egg flip.

Meditate

Meditate

This exhibition groups functional objects so that they become a work of sculpture, throwing a different light on humble objects.

This whimsical exhibition plays with the concept of tea drinking rituals common in many cultures, in a gentle and thoughtful manner. It is a substantial body of work of fragile and delicate works.

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