"I was close to my Yiayia (Greek grandmother). She performed daily religious rituals, often involving sacred vessels. Witnessing these rituals has left an impression. As a result, I am drawn to ceremonial and historic objects and am interested in how the intent and values of the user become imbued within the object over time."
Danielle Thiris presents a collection of ceramic vessels referencing elements of prehistoric and ritual objects. Intrigued by pots featuring multiple vessel components, Thiris seeks to understand how these historic objects were made, what they were used for, and how and why they were co-joined? In Greek, Enono refers to the act of uniting or piecing things together and through this new body of work, Thiris reflects on themes of connection and togetherness, including the personal significance of her dual Greek and Cypriot heritage.
Danielle Thiris is a Naarm/Melbourne based ceramic artist with Cypriot and Greek heritage. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Textile Design from RMIT. Thiris uses a South Australian terracotta clay and hand-builds her pieces using a combination of prehistoric techniques, such as coiling, pinching and carving. Prehistoric vessels, ritual objects, identity, nature (human, animal and plant) are some of the thematic explorations in her practice.