John Perceval in his studio at Canterbury, Melbourne Image courtesy the Perceval family

John Perceval in his studio at Canterbury, Melbourne
Image courtesy the Perceval family

There is a very creepy Dr Who series called the Weeping Angels. It’s very scary because if you don’t keep staring at the angel statues they flick closer to you. Closer and closer, until they sink their stone teeth into your flesh! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByPrDPbdRhc s

 

Our Perceval Angels are a bit like this too. As we wait in the SAM building, we feel their presence. Two arrived late last month from a private collection in Melbourne (Imagine owning two!). One of them is called the The Blessing and depicts a hand placed peacefully but authoritatively on the head of a small child. The hand softly envelopes the skull and we feel its benevolent presence. It is probably the most overtly religious of John Perceval’s’ ceramic angels and unique in its composition.

 

It is starting to feel very special here at the museum as the angels begin to arrive. One thinks how they will look together, and how works like the The Blessing and Delinquent Angel will resonate with each other.

 

Over the next short period the many angels that will make up this extraordinary collection will all be arriving. They are being gathered from across the country, from far away Perth, from Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne. We are extremely grateful to their owners for lending them to SAM for the public to enjoy.

 

Joe Pascoe

SAM Acting Senior Curator