Edmund de Waal - In Time II, 2017

Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery. Photo Mike Bruce.

In Time II

5 porcelain vessels, 1 porcelain tile with gilding and 5 alabaster blocks in an aluminium and plexiglass vitrine, 2017.

Courtesy the Artist and Gagosian Gallery. Photo: Mike Bruce.

This recent work testifies to de Waal’s obsession with the beautiful and temperamental substance that is porcelain, and also with the colour white. A potter since childhood and an acclaimed writer (The Hare with Amber Eyes), his passion for porcelain, or ‘white gold’ as he calls it, has led to an ever deeper understanding of the nature of the material.

Much of his recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections, and how objects are kept together, lost, stolen and dispersed. Both his written and artistic practice have broken new ground through their critical engagement with the history and potential of porcelain.

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal was born in 1964 in Nottingham. He lives and works in London and is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, best known for his installations of porcelain vessels housed in minimal structures. De Waal continually investigates themes of diaspora, memorial, materiality and the colour white, with his interventions and artworks made for diverse historic spaces and museums worldwide. His work is also informed by his passion and curiosity for minimalism, architecture and his passion for literature.