Issimo: Beyond the Brew

Tea becomes the muse of artists in a new exhibition, writes Rhiann McNally.

A silver tea set is arranged on a low table in a lavish early-19th century parlour. Nearby two indigenous women are dressed in finery normally associated with the wives of their colonial masters.

“The tea set and the quality of the tea set, it shows a level of society,” artist Michael Cook explains.

He wanted his Object series, which includes the photograph Table, to depict the early 1800s, using buildings and costumes, including props such as the antique tea set to evoke this period.

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