Minaal Lawn – 'Orb No.9', 2022
The celestial works of the Orb Series are composed of cosmic material. They are imbued with the Urdu meaning of Cosmos (Kaiynat) everything that exists anywhere, which provokes the notion that the universe and the individual are not separate, but the same. This concept of Atman (the real self) an unchanging, eternal consciousness, as distinct from the temporary body is central to Hindu belief and unwaveringly pervades Indian culture. In an attempt to reconcile this, 18th Century Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built a series of cosmic observatories whose predominant intention inspired the Orb series. His creation of grand, permanent structures in Delhi and Jaipur, India, used to measure astronomical data was the vast gesture he made towards his understanding. The resolve of which is as beautifully expressed through the architecture as it is symbolically through the microcosmic works of the Orb series.
Minaal Lawn is a contemporary artist working in ceramics based in Glenlyon/Dja Dja Wurrung, Central Victoria. She makes intimate, domestic scale ceramic works that celebrate the reconciliation of her Indian heritage with her Australian upbringing. Her work explores cultural identity, through abstracted forms, and a language of colour. She references object symbolism, revisits childhood stories and her experience of living between two different cultures to ultimately celebrate their reconciliation. Minaal has held solo exhibitions throughout Australia and had her work included in Future Inheritance for the NGV Melbourne Design Week, 2021. She has been a finalist for numerous awards and collaborated with designers to create in-store installations and product specific works.
Material: ceramic, glaze
Dimensions: approx. 28 x 28 x 30cm