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Merran ESSON

Tumbarumba, New South Wales, Australia born 1950

Doubleshot 2 2004 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, glazed stoneware stoneware: glazed

Dimensions: 60.0 h x 55.0 w x 35.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2003
Accession No: NGA 2004.136
  • Merran Esson explores the imagery of the industrial detritus that forms part of Australia’s rural landscape, focusing in particular on the ubiquitousness of metal water containers, from buckets to water tanks. Corroded, dented, mended and eventually rendered useless and cast aside, their forms remain potent in Esson’s translation into ceramic, becoming metaphors for persistence and survival. The awkward junctions in Doubleshot 2, glazed to imitate the verdigris one might find on a disused copper pot, suggest a vessel that has been crudely modified to extend its use or capacity. Its multiple bullet-like piercings also allude to the vandalised fate of many isolated rural signs and metal objects, mute targets of anger and boredom

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra