Janet Muir

The Language of Ornament

Ornament becomes the bearer of memory that evokes personal or social histories and a sense of time and place. The Willow Pattern teacups, the collection of ginger jars, the Mitre Peak cake tins, Mt Taranaki wearing thin on the tin tea caddy, scones and jam on Noritaki’s Wild Ivy; I bring to these objects my own narratives creating a visual language that tells the stories of who I am. In the eroding barriers between notions of East and West, applied art and fine art, object, and subject, inanimate objects are bought to life.



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