Mali Taylor — Companion Vases
Two narrow, multi-layered vessels in earthy stoneware with flecks of glossy minerals. The layers have been constructed through the methodical process of hand-rolled coils, serving as a gentle reminder of the maker's hand.
The Companion Vases were created during the ongoing and monotonous impacts of Covid-19 lockdowns. They reflect a desire to be reconnected with family and community, whilst transcending and diminishing the divisions that have ensued. The body of work represents the challenges of physical and emotional isolation; by highlighting the importance of connection to community. The two vases move with each other as if in an embrace.
Mali Taylor is a ceramic artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her hand coiled works are inspired by dendrochronology (the study of tree rings), ripples in water and strata levels exposed in cliff faces and mountain ranges. The forms of her sculptural pieces are heavily influenced by topographical maps of mountains and natural landforms such as boulders, rocks, rivers and termite mounds.
Taylor was a finalist in Craft Victoria fresh! 2019 and received the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Emerging Craft Practitioner Award, 2019. Taylor completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics) at RMIT, 2019.
Material: Stoneware, glaze
Dimensions: 22cm x 9cm x 20cm