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Vanessa Mendez

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Artwork title
Il Recipiente
HSC year
2005
ARTEXPRESS year
2006
Expressive form
Sculpture
Artist’s statement

My work is an exploration of my family history; it follows the journey my great-grandparents took from Italy to Australia 80 years ago. The concept of the slip-cast bottle as vessel represents the metaphor of the sea journey. In my use of glazes, oxides, screen-printed text and wax emulsion the surface treatment provides a bilingual narrative of the journey.


Collection connections

Propose the many possible and original, everyday functions of the objects used in these artworks by Vanessa Mendez and Yoon Kwang-cho. Investigate how each has been transformed by the artists to become a vessel for spirituality, binding the past with the present. Analyse how each artist has created a holder and transmitter for narratives of identity.