In her latest body of work, Melbourne-based ceramic artist Alison Frith explores the tensions between form and function. Determined to give both equal consideration, Frith uses wheel-throwing techniques to create pieces that are simultaneously sculptural and functional. Each one is carefully designed to fulfil a purpose while also serving as a standalone sculpture.
Another key concern in Frith’s work is the interplay between the individual and the collective. While every piece exists as a self-contained object, they have all been designed to interact with each other, in some instances literally stacking together. This relationship highlights the playful nature of these objects and how different configurations can alter the way the viewer perceives individual pieces.
The title of the exhibition contains a playful reference to the technique Frith uses to create these pieces. Skillfully wheel-throwing components upside down, she flips the base to become top of the finished work. Frith’s work upends conventional notions of form and function, achieving a harmonious balance between the two.
Alison Frith completed a Diploma of Ceramics in 2015, and was the recipient of the Trudie Alfred Bequest and winner of Craft Victoria’s Fresh! Sofitel Emerging Craft Practitioner’s Award. She has also been a finalist in the McClelland Gallery Mary & Lou Senini Award, the biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards, as well as the Victorian Craft Awards.