Theodosius Ng — 'Pedestal Ritual' Sculptural Vessel
These ritual vessels are a homage to the space that exists between my ancestors and I. Reminiscent of the traditional censers used in spiritual offerings, these forms are the contemporary reinterpretations of a centuries old ritual where the veneration our ancestors using incense was a sacred and necessary part of daily life - similarly echoing the sacred act of reclaiming my heritage. It is the acceptance of the social and political impacts I experience as a person of colour; being born into, engaging with, rejecting wholly, reclaiming and reconnecting with a culture that is intrinsically part of my identity. It is a manifestation of the internal rebirth of my cultural identity, acknowledging and honouring my ancestors who also refined and perfected ceramics and pottery.
Inspired by their queerness, chronic illness and immigrant experience, Ng is curious
about exploring the extraneous within the familiar through cultural, ritual, and spiritual
concepts - revealing an inherent need to find pattern, beauty, and ritual. Their works blur
the boundary between form and function and aims to co-create and collaborate with nature and community. He has an associate Degree, Interior Decoration and Design from RMIT and attended School of Clay & Art, Brunswick.
Material: stoneware, glaze
Dimensions: 27.5 x 25 x 25cm