3D Burds, ceramic sculpture
by Deirdre Oliver
The Budgeon's display case - Richmond Library Foyer
415 Church Street, Richmond (Melbourne)
2 May to 31 July 2019
Review by Carmel Ritchie
I walked into the Richmond library not knowing what to expect. “The ‘Burds’ are really good!” I was told. “Go and have a look”.
Joan, Jo, Margaret and Beverley, ceramic, by Deirdre Oliver
These small, colourful clay creations took me by surprise. There was a splash of patterns, beaks and colours inviting me to more closely investigate each character. As Deidre describes in her overview, she is inspired by people and their peccadilloes.
Three Burds at the Races, ceramic, by Deirdre Oliver
The costumes and expressions of the little birds delightfully remind me of people I know. She has captured expressions and body language, especially seen in the trio of black suited singing crows titled The Choir. Their beaks and eyes are full of the passion of singing. Narelle wears a flowered hat on the side of her head, showing her modern look. Each bird shape is humanised to evoke a reaction form the viewer.
The Choir, ceramic, 15 x 12 x 6 cm, by Deirdre Oliver
Narelle, ceramic, 11 x 9 x 6 cm, by Deirdre Oliver
It is well worth the visit to be so delighted with such a variety of little characters. The problem is how to meet a person that you now automatically relate to one of Deidre’s Burds, and not smile.