Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, review: profoundly intimate and universally human

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Timeless: Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things
Timeless: Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things Credit: Andy Crouch

When Magdalene Odundo was studying at the Royal College of Art, her professor, Eduardo Paolozzi, urged her to look to the British Museum for inspiration. There, her attention was taken by works by the Victorian designer Christopher Dresser. His belief that an artist should study “whatever has gone before, not with a view to becoming a copyist, but with the object of gaining knowledge, and of seeking out general truths and broad principles,” has been foundational to Odundo’s career.

Dresser’s Linthorpe ‘urchin’ vessel (1882), part-echinoderm, part-Peruvian ‘stirrup’ pot, is one of some 80 works that Odundo has chosen to place in silent discourse with 50 of her own pieces in this show.  For it...

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