Mutual Intent - Artist Collaboration

Cornelia Van Rijswijk

22 May 2021

A group exhibition of Artist collaborations from in and around Brisbane, held at Powerhouse Brisbane.

MUTUAL INTENT - Cross Disciplinary Group Exhibition

In the year that was filled with separation, isolation, disconnect and digital fatigue, what did everyone crave more than anything? An authentic connection.

Raw, unfiltered narratives emerged, stories of authenticity, connection, and collaboration. We’ve partnered industry leaders with emerging professionals, friends with strangers, in a bold act of communion towards the future of the Brisbane creative industries. And we’re capturing their process.

We're crafting a Brisbane story of MUTUAL INTENT MUTUAL INTENT launches The Design Conference on Wednesday June 16 from 6pm with an underground takeover of the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Curators: The Third Quarter in partnership with YETI

Design Lead: After Hours Studio

Hosted at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of The Design Conference

Little home planet 4000
22x 30 x 27 cm
Clay, underglaze, glaze, stain, UV printed acrylic, metal

From the Artists:
Bright bold colours and considered placement of recognisable forms and symbols are similarities in Cornelia’s 2D works and Wendy’s ceramics. Both artists recognise the importance of creating an inspiring and pleasurable environment within the home with their digital prints and paintings or sculptures and homewares. Their mutual intent for this show was to create a functional multi-use sculpture inspired by a 'mini world'. Each individual element of the vessel allows a range of possible configurations to be created or come together to create one unified piece.

Wendy’s expertise in pottery techniques; a combination of wheel throwing, hand building, staining clay and glazing were used. Her concept of creating a multi-use vessel and her style of balancing negative space and colours can be seen in this piece. To Wendy, the artwork is a functional art object meant to be interacted with in the home - this idea is at the core of her work. Her practice is focused on inviting users to personalise and consider an object’s functionality.

Cornelia’s digitally created signature motifs were used to inform the shapes on the vessel. The shapes are seen in the miniature compositions that were printed digitally onto acrylic perspex. These symbolise screens or portals, a recurring theme in her work. Her art practice explores the idea of conjuring synthetic worlds that visualise online communication in her spiralling and repetitive forms.

Collaboratively, the artwork bridges the traditional folk craft notions of pottery and the cold modernity of technology to reach an exciting middle ground in contemporary design.

​By Cornelia Van Rijswijk & Wendy Ma