On Display: QAG, Gallery 11
Bleach IV was created during a residency Srivilasa undertook in China’s historical porcelain centre of Jingdezhen. The town famously produced the porcelain (including the treasured blue and white wares) that became so popular for export to Europe from the seventeenth century, a trade between East and West that Srivilasa finds analogous of his own experience of migrating from Thailand to Australia.
Srivilasa discovered a traditional flower making technique used in Jingdezhen, borrowing the delicate petals once applied to vases to cover the surfaces of his sculptures. Presented on a base resembling a biologist’s Petri dish, this group of works expressed his concern for the environmental impact of global warming on coral reefs. He has left the works unglazed to resemble the stark white of dead coral.
Vipoo Srivilasa’s porcelain works range from utilitarian objects to imaginative figures, through which he references a range of social, political and environmental issues, as well his experiences living and working between cultures and traditions.