'Elliptical folding screen' 1996
Caroline Casey's training in interior, fashion and textile design at Sydney College of the Arts and the Parsons School of Design in New York has given her a broad background against which to develop her work in furniture and smaller domestic objects.
Designed for limited production, her furniture is precise in its use of simple materials, repetitive forms and clearly expressed structure. The relationships between these elements of her work are subtle, allowing the eye to explore the surface and texture of natural materials, such as wood, against the particular visual and tactile qualities of manufactured materials, such as plastic and steel.
This five-panel folding screen illustrates Casey's use of a simple repetitive element—elongated ovals of plywood—suggesting large overlapping plant leaves and the airiness of the traditional slatted screenwork used in much tropical architecture. The screen's simple beauty, organic design elements and use of a single, unadorned material also reveals the influence on Casey of mid-twentieth-century Scandinavian designers, such as the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. This screen is part of the National Gallery of Australia's extensive collection of contemporary Australian craft and design.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Ron Radford (ed), Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008
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