I love Penny Byrne’s porcelain creations! “THE porcelain figures have graced many a suburban mantlepiece: elegant ballerinas, cute curly haired boys, ceramic whales.
But in Penny Byrne’s hands, there’s a twist to their saccharine tweeness. A ballerina wields a samurai sword, a boy wears army fatigues, a whale drips blood.
It’s not the shock of the new but the shock of the familiar that prompts many to laugh when they first encounter Byrne’s creations, which is fine by her. “ (taken fromSydney Morning Herald by Joyce Morgan, March 6, 2007).
In her satire work she reworks vintage porcelain figurines and statues with pronouncements on politics and popular culture.