Photo of Bear Family by Ceramic Artist Michael Doolan
Bear Family by Ceramic Artist Michael Doolan, Winner 2009

Artwork: Bear Family
Award: Winner of the inaugural 2009 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award
Medium: ceramic, platinum lustre, dimensions variable

Manningham Art Collection. Image courtesy the artist.

"My work, inspired by popular culture and finding expression in a 'world of the toy' de- and re-construct childhood imagery. They engage the viewer with this world. Intentionally set up to be viewed through the eyes of an adult while still allowing us to participate childlike, in this 'world of the toy'. My aim is to capture and reveal the invisible, hidden qualities of the miniature. Their featureless countenance employed to subvert “my” subject’s visually-friendly nature. A major feature of these works is their high gloss reflective finish. This mirror-like finish will force the viewer to engage with the work as an active and intimate participator, so they observe themselves as a distorted reflection. There is an intention with this work to question the way we perceive ourselves in the world, in this case, my world of the toy, around them." - Michael Doolan.