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Jenny ORCHARD

Ankara, Turkey born 1951

  • to Zimbabwe 1956, to England 1969, to Australia 1976

Triumphant Trillionth Rabbit Princess 2002 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, ceramics stoneware, stoneware with 'Chun' glaze wheel-thrown

Dimensions: 66.0 h 20.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.533

The traditions of African art, humour and bizarre imagery from the world of contemporary animation are influences that define Jenny Orchard’s ceramics. She was among the first in Australia to realise these ideas in ceramics through the use of slip-cast white clays, intense bright glazes and patterned surfaces. This figurative work combines animal and vegetal imagery ‘evolved’ into bizarre forms suggestive of mutations and genetic engineering.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design