The Steadiness of Transformation (2019)
Stoneware, porcelain and gold glaze
35 x 25 x 20 cm

For Mitchell, the ceramic material is a platform to display and record aspects of nature. From the flowing and erosive nature glazes on clay, porcelain and sand, to the brittle breaking nature of porcelain, Mitchell sculpts evocative narratives between imagery and materiality with are both contemporary and historical. The deer is a common theme found throughout Mitchell’s work, inspired by the Jataka tales origin story of the Buddha, where a golden deer offers his own sacrifice in the place of others who have wronged him. Mitchell addresses the origins of (祿) “good fortune” to the deer and its symbolisms and contents in contemporary material society.

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