White Gums and Ramoxes
White gums and ramoxes by Grace Cochrane
When newborn babies are first sighted they are always said to look like their father. This fallacy apparently stems from our overwhelming desire to be reassured of the child’s paternity and to secure the father’s devotion and commitment. Arthur Boyd may or may not have looked like Merric but he inherited his artistic ability and his highly original talent for interpreting the world. This exhibition, White gum and ramoxes, explores the space between father rand son and the powerful imagery created by Arthur and Merric through the shared medium of ceramics.
For many Australians the name Boyd is linked to popular domestic pottery of the 1950s, produced in the post-war ceramic enterprises of Arthur, David and Guy Boyd. Ceramics was a common thread across the Byd dynatsy, the base material to which many of this family of artists returned time and gain. Merric Boyd’s distinguished reputation as ‘the father of Australian studio pottery’ was hard won and the Boyd children witnessed at first hand his material struggles and his will to experiment and innovate as an artist.