RCA SHOW 2012

Tamsin van Essen

Ceramics & Glass


Vanitas II

Bone china

23 x 17 x 17 cm


Vanitas Vanitatum: A garniture of beauty and decay.

This collection explores the transience of beauty and the futility of excess. Inspired by the melancholy opulence of seventeenth-century Dutch vanitas paintings, and the tragic allure of Dickens’ Satis House, I aim to capture the fragile moment when abundance turns to decay.

An exuberance of decoration disrupts the vases’ forms, implying deterioration and ruin. Frozen in time just at the point of disintegration, the vases represent an ornamental memento mori, hinting at the impermanence of material existence and the inevitable decline of beauty.



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CV

Degrees

BA (Hons), Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2007; BA (Hons), Physics & Philosophy, University of Oxford, 1998

Experience

Freelance ceramic designer, 2007 to present

Exhibitions

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2012; Le Décor est Planté, Fondation Bernardaud, Limoges, France, 2011; Skin, Wellcome Collection, London, 2010; Small Show Huge Talent, Sotheby's, London, 2009

Awards

Second prize, Wellcome Trust Design for Science Award, 2007; Winner, Chartered Society of Designers Award, 2006; Winner, William Atkinson Scholarship, 2006