Penny Byrne – commentariat
23 April 2011 to 26 June 2011

Described as a political cartoonist working in the ceramic medium, Penny Byrne's work covers a range of contemporary issues from the environment, to Australian and American politics and current events. Originally better known for restoring ceramics as a specialist conservator, Byrne's artistic practice sees her reworking ceramic figurines to create forms that provoke comment for their confronting, witty and unapologetic imagery. 'Commentariat' is described by the artist as a term that has been coined as a combination of commentator and proletariat, and refers to 'the chattering classes' - the educated middle class urban dwellers, who comment on politics and the media through blogs and Facebook. 

A Deakin University touring exhibition