NEWS | ELIZABETH WILLING AT SIDE GALLERY
WITH THE TABLE IN MIND
Side Gallery’s upcoming exhibition With the table in mind presents the dinnerware and utensils from ELIZABETH WILLING‘s Dessert series. Dessert brings together audience and artwork in the context of a formal meal.
A significant aspect of the Dessert series is Willing’s dinnerware and utensils, specifically designed to heighten the eater’s sensorial and emotional responses. Willing’s Mouth Cups, spherical drinking vessels with lip-shaped openings, require the drinker to negotiate a complex movement of kissing, sucking, and slurping to access the sake cocktail contained. Tipping Plate, designed to hold petits fours arranged to achieve balance, playfully visualises the concern one may experience when engaging in the custom of sharing — questioning if one is eating too much or too quickly as the plate starts to tip back and forth. It is these objects that are the focus of With the Table in Mind. Removed from their original functional context, the exhibition allows for these objects to be considered for their own sculptural qualities, revealing Willing’s refined, delicate, and humorous design sensibility.
The exhibition includes various components from Dessert III which was originally presented at SGAR in November 2015.