|High Tea Pot 2003 Wieki Somers|
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Wieki Somers, High Tea Pot 2003.
This work also fascinates me; again I discovered it whilst doing research for my written paper and it has become a key influence in my work. I originally saw it as part of the Telling Tales Exhibition in September 2009, but the V&A have now acquired one for their collection so I will be able to get closer to it for further scrutiny. A strange and emotive object, it's links with Oppenheims' 'Lunch in Fur' seem very direct to me. The example that I recently saw at the V&A really surprised me; it was enormous, the actual size of a pigs skull I assume. It's form, and the cultural associations linked to its materiality force a questioning of function; it is a thing out of place. However, the use of bone china, the insulating properties of the rat fur, the lid and the spout are all very practical! Tea and cake anyone?!