Christopher Riggio’s design practice is centred on both functional and decorative ceramic form. His latest work Paste utilises a subtlety of materials; simulated gemstones, glass inlay and the decorative use of fractured glass. Riggio’s exploration of uncommonly used material textures belies a preconceived hierarchy of wealth, superiority and desire in the everyday. Installing directly into The Department Store’s art deco windows, Riggio alludes to the nostalgic retail experience which is paramount to identifying Riggio’s sculptural ceramics as past/present objects.
Paste x The Department Store not only explores the modular potential of ceramics, but also new ways of their integration and display within the domestic environment. The site specific installation allows Riggio to explore how his ceramics can be viewed in a context not limited by ceramics, but in the broader context of contemporary art.