Object Matters-member Jorunn Veiteberg has contributed to the recent publication “Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture (2016)” edited by Christie Brown, Julian Stair and Clare Twomey. The volume examines how ceramic artists have, over the last decade, begun to animate museum collections in new ways, and reflects on the impact that these new initiatives have had in the broad context of visual culture.
The title of Veiteberg’s contribution is “The Art of Appropriation”. Using a plate by Irene Nordli from 2003 as her example, Veiteberg discusses the ethical and artistic aspects that arises when an artist borrows preexisting objects and images and uses an industrial production method. It demonstrates an exchange between artistic labour and non-artistic labour, artistic hands and non-artistic hands. It is a product of an artistic deskilling and reskilling. The plate also addresses an important change that has taken place in the field of ceramics in recent years. While studio ceramicists have adopted industrial methods and techniques, the porcelain factories have increasingly shut down or transferred production to Asia. Bringing things that have been ignored back into the light and reviving undervalued techniques is a tendency in contemporary ceramics.
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