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Celebrating Townsville Exhibition - The Artists

Educational resources regarding the artists participating in JCU Library's "Celebrating Townsville" exhibition for the T150 project


Domestic Artefact, by Jill O’SULLIVAN

b.1941 Australia
Domestic Artefact 2006
25 x 37.2 cm Edition 7/10
Collection of the artist
Photograph: Michael Marzik


Domestic Artefact, by Jill OSullivan
Domestic Artefact 2006, by Jill O'Sullivan (1941- ).
Photograph: Michael Marzik

The artist has stated Domestic Artefact is composed of a collection of assorted shaped bottles sitting on a kitchen window ledge above a sink in a Townsville house. It is part of an ongoing series that continues my interest into everyday domestic settings. The work also focuses on compositional patterns created by the placement of the forms in specific positions as well as the meanings that everyday household objects can reflect. This work is loosely linked to the still life paintings created by the Dutch and Flemish masters of the 16th and 17th Century. The use of light and dark plays an important part in this composition to emphasise the rhythmic placement of the bottles which suggest musical notation or a score. This work was developed through photographs, compositional drawings and ongoing observation of this particular setting.

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