Ceramic, stoneware, dry glazes
Dimensions: 35cm (H) x 34cm (W) x 15cm (D) / 13.8" (H) x 13.4" (W) x 5.9" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
My artwork, Jerusalem pillars, reinterprets the Menorah, or Hanukiah: a multi-branched candelabrum, one of the most emblematic objects of Judaism, past and present. Representing light, wisdom and divine inspiration, the Menorah is a sacred carrier, lit at the temple daily, an embodiment and inspiration for universal enlightenment.
In this work, six reiterated clay vessels are bonded together as a reminder of the sacred entity of the Menorah, reminiscent of a ceremonial procession. This artwork explores protection, spiritual arming and resilience, as metaphors for cultural place and belonging. In uniting these repetitive singular elements, the artwork awakens conversations about people, the individuals that connect to a group and the sense of security within.
Informed by my cultural background Gathering presents ideas of personal, global, cultural and historical significance. It is an object of fortitude and unification, bringing the poetics of the past into the present to question the future.
Ceramic sculpture / hand built stoneware / dry glazes / under glazes / multiple firing
Based in: Melbourne
Ceramic Artist Lilach Mileikowski’s passion lies within the manipulation of the form, challenging the limitations of the medium and its fusion with diverse materials. She presents ideas of personal, cultural and historical significance, bringing the poetics of the past into the present to question the future.
Migrating from Israel to Melbourne, in 1995, Lilach completed a Diploma of Arts Ceramics, followed by an Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development, establishing her ceramics studio. In 2016 she completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University, her research focusing on the spiritual and political concerns of identity exploring the dual notions of fragility and strength.
Lilach’s work has been selected for prestigious exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including The Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, The Victorian Ceramic Art Award Manningham, The Muswellbrook Art Prize NSW and The International Ceramic Competition Mino Japan.
Most recently she has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize NSW and the 2022 Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards Victoria.
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