Dish - Isobel Ceramic Studio, Aboriginal Artwork, circa 1960s Object Reg. No: HT 940

Dish decorated by Helen Ilich, circa 1960s. Helen migrated to Melbourne from Croatia in 1953 with her two children, her husband already having arrived. She had always wanted to be an artist but rarely had the opportunity or parental support to pursue her passion. This continued in Australia but she found a degree of artistic outlet by working in three ceramic studios around Melbourne - Ellis, Isobel (a small independent business) and Guy Boyd's studio which she particularly enjoyed. Helen later joined the Heidelberg Artists' Society and taught painting at home, producing many works of her own.
Ceramic dish with a light brown background. There are three stick figures in black in the centre of the dish and the outer edges of the dish are decorated with a stylized aboriginal motif of lines and dots in dark brown.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Nina Chelleri, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.50 cm (Width), 12.70 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: artworks, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, immigration, domestic equipment, indigenous peoples, displaced persons, artistic practices, croatian communities, croatian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Helen Ilich, Serbian Migrant & Ceramic Artist, 1953, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: ceramics
Artist: Helen Ilich, Oakeigh, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960s
Manufactured For: Isobel Ceramics Studio, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960s

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