Helen Fuller’s work gained an honourable mention and like the winner, is also a collection of vessels, but in Kitchen canisters the artist brings us into the more recent historical period of the 1950s. Hand coiled, and evidently so, finished in a striking palette of black, white and yellow, these pots seem to rest uneasily in each other’s company, their angular contours, appear to strike and repel neighbouring pots, an impression made more apparent through the individual geometric patterns given to each vessel. There is a cheerful degree of mid 20th century positivity and improvisation in this work, that the artist says is drawn from the fixed and mended nature of her mother’s kitchen containers and the “shadow grey with a play of canary yellow” colour scheme, that dominated that room.
Helen Fuller, Kitchen canisters, 2014. Image by Jonathan Wherrett