The title of the exhibition, Wreath/Wreathe, references the cycle of life; “wreath” alludes to a ring of flowers or foliage, whereas the word “wreathe” refers to the act of coiling, curving around or encircling an object. The wreath is a universal symbol encompassing concepts of fertility, life, regeneration, death and mourning. Eliza Au utilizes moulds to create ceramic multiples which she uses to form complex symmetrical structures. The forty individual vessels that comprise each wreath are the scale of handheld objects such as a bowl or cup, referring to portable devotional objects. Her work in this series has been influenced by places of worship, notably the repetitive ornamentation of Islamic mosques and gothic cathedrals. These sculptural works address how the sacred is expressed through scientific means of organization.
Eliza Au is a Richmond-based artist who studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design and at the University of Regina. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2005. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States since 2001.