Sarah Goffman’s White Series (2009-13) is a rumination on arrangement. It plays on well-established display techniques in contemporary art and pays tribute to the works of Australian ceramicist Gwynn Hanssen Pigott. Goffman describes herself as a ‘trash converter’, transforming plastic detritus into pristine, venerable objects. She painstakingly cleans single-use PET bottles and containers before spray-painting the insides with white enamel paint, a process that emphasises the formal properties of the vessels. Goffman’s White Series invites us to slow down and reflect on the hidden beauty and elegance of the mundane objects in our surrounds.
Images: Sarah Goffman, White Series, 2009-13, acrylic and enamel on PET, 34 pieces, dimensions variable. National Art School Collection, gift of the artist 2018; Sarah Goffman, White Series, 2009-13, [detail], acrylic and enamel on PET, 34 pieces, dimensions variable. National Art School Collection, gift of the artist 2018.