perspective, robert dawson, museum of fine arts houston, victoria and albert museum, v&a, british council, alison britton, three by one

In Perspective Willow 1

print on bone china

diameter 27 cm

limited edition of 100

Robert Dawson 1996

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Three by One - Alison Britton

British Council

“[In Perspective Willow 1’] occupies both the horizontal space of the dinner plate while at the same time alluding to the vertical space of the dresser display, of the plate as art. The trompe l’oeil effect makes this explicit though is also raises the issue of decoration as visual trope. The plain, flat, white Modernist surface/plate, on which the most famous pattern in the history of ceramics pivots, is subverted by ornament, which subverts its flatness with its depth. Decoration, which is traditionally seen as surface embellishment, (“superficiality in its most literal sense”) is here used to underscore its place as visual, conceptual complexity.”

Linda Sandino, Print and be Damned, Studio Pottery magazine, Dec/Jan 1997 p.30-33