Pearl & Clay Home (2021)
Earthenware clay and cultured pearl beads in gossamer stockings embroidered with cotton thread.
A complex and personal history of mixed memories, relationships formed and lost, and homes lived in and left behind form the conceptual core of this artwork. Memories of people, lessons and experiences associated with the artist's housing history have been recycled and deconstructed in the materials chosen for the artwork. Broken clay is sourced from Divola's 2018 artwork, Heaums, a delicate clay and cardboard diorama modelled on real houses that became homes to her. The pearl beads and gossamer stockings are a gift left behind from a complicated, now ended co-living friendship. These items have been rearranged by the artist to prettily package those valuable, uncomfortable, and conflicted memories, as a decorative reminder commemorating hard times overcome and the richness of experience, as she now settles into a new comfortable home with her partner.
Danielle Divola is an emerging artist based in unceded Naarm (otherwise known as Melbourne), within Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nations. Through a multimedia practice that combines traditional with non-traditional art forms, Divola investigates themes of sexuality, religion, subjectivity and the nature of culture, art and history. Living as a bisexual Catholic Italian-Australian has provided the artist rich practice in critiquing, deconstructing, and rearranging culture as we know it, which any glimpse into her practice will reveal in a special medley of performance, paint, memes, clay, textiles and holy water. While personal memories are the fount of Divola’s inspiration, she is also committed towards contributing to a socialist-minded grassroots artistic landscape for young LGBTQ(I)A+ artists, as well as advocating for decolonisation, anti-fascism and social justice
Artwork available for purchase
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