Black Spoon with Gold and Black Oval Form (2019)
Limoges porcelain, gold leaf
Black spoon: 3 x 32 x 5.5 cm; Black oval form: 12.5 x 20 x 16.5 cm

Venal’s works are made from porcelain. It is a material of strength and entrancing beauty but difficult, secretive, tricky and unpredictable. These pieces play with an unconventional approach to the beauty of function. They are immaculately detailed, boundary-crossing of art and craft to present possibilities of a more sculptural presence. Placing of these objects together provokes a calm sense of stillness and yet subtle tension of softly looping rims capture the dancing of light across them as they visually connect, interact, reflect movement, and thus enliven the space.

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