My first job was at a Fish'n'Chip shop, where after school, from ages 14 to 16, I worked part-time taking phone orders, folding boxes, giving out bonus potato cakes and putting soy sauce on dimmies. Most dim sim eaters were happy to just say "yes please" or "no thanks" when asked if they'd like soy sauce, others however were much more specific. "Just a drop". "Just a drizzle". "Yeah drown them in it, mate". "Can I get my soy sauce in a separate ziplock bag?" The more specific the order, the more joy I took in getting it right.
15 years later and I'm still making dim sims, only now I'm making them out of clay. Rather than steaming or frying the dimmies I’m now kiln firing them, and instead of coating them in soy sauce I'm painting them in glaze. Soy Sauce for Dimmies uses humour and sentimentality to playfully encourage us to celebrate the simple things. Or perhaps I should say, the dim-simple things.
acrylic on kiln fired earthenware ceramic
16 x 42 x 29 cm
Judges of the 2019 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Professor Ross Harley (Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture), Louise Herron AM (Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House) and Tim Ross (Design and Architecture advocate, Broadcaster, Author and Comedian).
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