The WA Museum Boola Bardip never fails to host a variety of spectacular artworks and experiences – at the moment you can even enjoy a beverage after hours amongst the dinosaurs at The Bar Before Time. And come October this year, a five-day artistic show by ceramicist, Jason Lim is set to give an up-close insight into the journey of performance art.
Regarded as Singapore’s next master ceramic artist, Jason Lim will take up residency at the museum from Saturday 22 until Wednesday 26 October to create a masterpiece of long-form clay works on a grand scale. The performance sees physically demanding work and will use 2.5 tonnes of clay, with Jason working from 10am until 4pm daily at the WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Overlooking the Perth skyline from level three of the museum, Jason will create a large-scale installation of cathedral like forms over the five-day span. The contrast of the skyline and the construction of the ancient earth which has developed over millennia will provide some food, or dirt, for thought.
Jason says, “Working with clay involves the process of transforming matter into things. I repetitively make shapes and forms as structures. Decisions are made in a way that prayers and mantras are used and everyday gestures are repeated. Clay picks up the emotions, and the process of working transforms them.
“As a performance artist working in clay; time and process are important elements in this work. I will explore relationships between meaning and identity, sensual and cerebral, organic and geometry, weightless and solid, and male and female,” Jason share.
Jason’s first show was held in Canterbury, England in 1992, and has has since exhibited across the globe in Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, Singapore, The Phillipnes, Thailand and the Netherlands. Jason Lim was also part of the Singapore Pavilion at the international contemporary art exhibition, Venice Biennale in 2007.
The project has been made possible by the organisation, Indian Ocean Craft Triennial that continues to link Australian audiences to the cultures, traditions, knowledge, and skills of our regional neighbours from around the Indian Ocean Rim. And big ups to Perth bricking icon, Midland Brick for donating the said clay.
Jason’s artwork will be on display until 2 November 2022 at the WA Museum Boola Bardip – but catch the work in progress between Saturday 22 until Wednesday 26 October.