Dianne Mangan — 'Elemental II' White Sculptural Vase
The work titled ‘Elemental II’ emanates from an individual sense of form that became evident in Mangan’s early ceramic practice and works. Over time from 1975 to 1996 and from 2016 – to the present day this sense of form has developed and strengthened as a ‘modus operandi’ of her practice.
The title alludes to the elemental aspects of working with clay as a material, including exploration of surface treatment(s), chemical processes, oxides, colours, glazes and different firing techniques whilst also being conscious of embodying the essential base elements of ceramics, those of: ‘Earth – Air – Fire – Water’ which transpose the material to its end result in each work. The work also references, in a subtle manner ,the appearance of snow on hard earth, surfaces. Particularly as experienced in the Mt Hotham and Mount Buffalo area of Victoria’s High Country.
Dianne Mangan has a background in visual art and design with ceramics as her primary early and current practice. She is based in Beechworth, North East Victoria. Through the hand formed pieces in many series her intention is to embrace references to the history of ceramics coupled with an awareness of the objectivity of the ceramic vessel/object. A dichotomy of sorts ensues – the personal hands-on approach to making, creating and forming, coupled with the universality of clay sculptural vessels and sculptural works.
Mangan holds a Diploma in Art & Design, Post Graduate in Fine Art from RMIT and a Masters Degree in Art Administration from CoFA, UNSW.
Materials: stoneware clay, satin-matt white glaze wiped off exterior textured surface, hand-built with hand-rolled coils. Fired to 1300C in an eco-friendly electric kiln.
Dimensions: approx. 49 x 28cm