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2021/73/1 Installation, 'Sunlight for a Pandemic', porcelain / gold lustre, Honor Freeman, Adelaide, South Australia, 2021. Click to enlarge.

'Sunlight for a Pandemic' by Honor Freeman

Commissioned by Powerhouse for the ‘Clay Dynasty’ exhibition, ‘Sunlight for a Pandemic’ is a significant recent work from Adelaide-based ceramicist Honor Freeman. Made during the COVID-19 lockdown, the work continues Freeman’s exploration of the ‘poetic potential of the simple and ubiquitous bar of soap’ through her continuing ‘Sunlight’ series and in the context of the Corona virus pandemic.

Freeman says: ’ A small yet quietly powerful object that has gathered heightened meaning during the …


Object No.


Object Statement

Installation, 'Sunlight for a Pandemic', porcelain / gold lustre, Honor Freeman, Adelaide, South Australia, 2021

Physical Description

A circular, mandala-like installation comprising of seventy-one individual weathered bars of soap in porcelain, slip-cast in various shapes and sizes, as if in various states of use and decay. Each soap component is coloured in a shade of yellow with weathered lines filled with golden lustre appearing as golden veins, with the soaps in lighter, soft lemon colour positioned at the outer edges and graduating to bright warm shades in the middle of the circle. At the centre of the work is a rectangular bar of soap completely gold lustred that sits atop a larger rectangular sponge in vibrant yellow, with the holes of the sponge flecked in gold.



30 mm


790 mm



‘Sunlight for a Pandemic’ was created by contemporary Australian artist, Honor Freeman, in her studio based in Adelaide, South Australia in 2021.


Credit Line

Powerhouse Commission, 2021

Acquisition Date

13 September 2021

Cite this Object


'Sunlight for a Pandemic' by Honor Freeman 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 June 2022, <>


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