Andrea du Chatenier
02 Jun – 26 Jun 2021
“Andrea du Chatenier’s gobby forms in iridescent colour are a rude retort to serious, intellectual cool. There is little local precedent for such idiosyncratic objects made of clay. The artist banishes dribbly metaphors of nature, lumpen faux-primitive reimaginings of colonial history, and the rusticated Zen of Anglo-Oriental tableware. Her objects similarly eschew any connection to the rarefied airs of European porcelain and other such ceremonial objects made in clay. If any obligatory reference might be detected, it is to Ken Price and Ron Nagel, those rogue American West Coast ceramic practitioners who emerged during the 1960’s.
The inspiration for these works is primarily about the affordances of clay as a material. Du Chatenier is more likely aligned with Sponge Bob Square Pants and their drug crazed encounters with the architectural musings of Piranesi. The artist has said …
“– It is to do with being absorbed in properties. It might be gardening or cooking, but it is the ability for people to find involvement in ‘doingness’, and I find it with clay. I think the rise and fall of ceramics is a style thing. The 80s ushered in Arcoroc. The slick look of Italian-made was everywhere and the handmade went out the window. I was attracted to the unfashionableness of it, but when I started working with clay, I found the sheer volume of possibilities in it as a material. It seemed ripe for re-invention and reinterpretation. I like discarded things, fallen from grace”.
Richard Fahey, 2021
Andrea du Chatenier is a sculptor turned ceramicist. She holds a BFA from Auckland University and a Masters of Fine Arts from RMIT, Melbourne. She has received numerous grants and awards for her accomplished and challenging work, including selection for the Sao Paulo Biennale, the Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award, and the Portage Ceramics Residency Award at Guldagergaard, Denmark. After completing the Tylee Cottage Artist Residency at the Sarjeant Gallery in 2004, Andrea set up studio in Wanganui.