Object no 21: Potlàc VII, by Beatrice Brovia, Sweden
Curator's reflection by Agnieszka Knap:
When it was time for me to make my selection, object 20 was still under production, and so I had to work from a sketch, and images of similar items. A drawing showed a group of pastel coloured containers made of porcelain, with over-sized handles. The idea that the handle "grows out of" and "from" the vessel, and the fact that this element that usually has a less prominent role has been given importance, remained with me. The over-sized detail, as well as the basic shape - a cylinder - is repeated in every object. I think instinctively that I need to look for only one piece, a powerful solitaire, which can maintain the repetition and geometry, but in a different guise.
Potlác VII by Beatrice Brovia has similar visual cues - similar geometry, a smooth, beautiful surface and two parallel forms that could be stylized handles. Potlác VII and object 20 are both functional objects even if the function is not evident at first glance.
Beatrice Brovia (b. 1985) is based in Stockholm. She has a MFA from Konstfack, Stockholm (2009) and a BFA Interior Design from Politecnico di Milano (2007). Recent exhibitions includes dé · cor dé · cor, with Nicolas Cheng, Galerie De Zaal (2014), Potlàc, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, Brussels, (2012), Conversation piece – Façades, with Nicolas Cheng, Design On Site, Design Miami (2011), The Rolling Club, Saint-Etienne Design Biennial (2015), Schmuck 2015, IHM Munich, and From The Coolest Corner - Nordic Jewellery (2013-2014)