Amanda Bromfield

Menagerie Collection

Exhibition. Northern Rivers Community Gallery February 2014.

Exotic animals captured and transported from; Africa, the Indies and the Americas were all the rage in 18th Century Paris. The monarchy and aristocrats exhibited these wild and "never before seen" creatures in Menageries. Only the rich and powerful could afford the luxury of keeping and showing off such extravagant possessions. Exotic animals were paraded as symbols of status.Women and men's fashions reflected the latest animal sensation. Giraffe print dresses and hairstyles for wealthy women and zebra stripe suits for the men. Animals captured in the new French colonies were traded, transported and displayed as caged curiosities. Land and sea voyages were treacherous, few animals survived the journey, those that did became a source of fascination, fear and revulsion. Animals battled to the death in public forums, were imprisoned in cages or became captive slaves performing tricks for human entertainment. Amanda Bromfield has captured the frivolity and extravagance of the French Rococo era but has also hinted at the poignant sense of loss as the magnificent wild creatures surrender their freedom to become pampered pets and animal slaves.


Lioness

Part of the Menagerie collection.
Materials: Hand built
BRT
engobe
under glaze, Cone 02 glazes

Dimensions: 32cm h x 17cm w x 26cm d



Exotic Bird

Part of the Menagerie collection.
Materials: Hand built
BRT
slip
under glaze, Cone 02 glazes
Dimensions: 30cm h x 17cm w x 17cm d



Monkey Tricks

Part of the Menagerie collection.
Materials: BRT
underglaze, Cone 02 glazes
lusters

Dimensions: 30cm h x 17cm w x 17cm d



Pampered Parrot (Rosamunde)

Part of the Menagerie collection.
Materials: BRT
slips,
under glaze, Cone 02 glazes


Dimensions: 25cm h x 20cm w x 13cm d



Zybre

Part of the Menagerie collection.
Materials: BRT
under glaze, Cone 02 glazes
lustre

Dimensions: 27cm h x 16cm w x 16cm d



Zarafa

Part of the Menagerie collection.
Materials: Hand built
BRT Clay
Slips, glazes, underglazes and lustre.
Dimensions: 34cm h x 16cm w x 16cm d



Fancy Flamingo

Winner of the  People's Choice Award

Previously  named "Flora and Fauna"

Theme - "Flora".

Gold Coast Potter's Association Member's Exhibition , November/ December 2013.

Image for Menagerie Exhibition  - Northern River Art Gallery,  Ballina. Feb 2014

Re named Fancy Flamingo

Part of the Menagerie collection.
Materials: BRT Clay
Slips, under glaze and glazes.
Sprigs.
Fired to 1120 degrees.
Dimensions: 32cm h x 16cm w x 12cm d



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