Threshold Edition #4

Emii Alrai
Tear Jar - SOLD OUT

Tear Jar, 2021 by Leeds-based artist Emii Alrai is now available to purchase through Threshold Editions. This limited edition sculpture has been produced alongside Emii’s exhibition Deposition Layer, which is open until 12 December 2021. 

This work has been modelled on two 1st Century glass perfume vessels that were found in Pompeii, and which Emii saw at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli while undertaking an In-ruins residency in Calabria, Italy. The sculpture is a cast vase-like object moulded from a date that sits neatly within a hand-made steel armature that is fixed to the wall. Armatures are a signature sculptural device within Emii’s practice which is informed by inherited nostalgia, geographical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects.

The vessel in Tear Jar is made from Jesmonite, a resin based material and coated in copper leaf which has oxidised to give it it’s beautiful verdigris colour. These same materials were used Alrai’s outdoor sculpture for Deposition Layer at Threshold. 

Work Details

Title: Tear Jar
Date: 2021
Price: £95 (collection)
Postage: £5 (please add to shopping bag if needed)
Material: Jesmonite, copper, oxides, steel armature
Edition size: 7 + 2 Artist Proofs (NFS)
Dimensions: 8cm (h) x 4cm (w) x 8.5cm (d)

The edition can be collected by appointment at Threshold for free, or delivered within the UK by Royal Mail for an additional £5. Please add postage to your order if you would like the sculpture delivered.* ORDER BEFORE 13 DECEMBER FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY.

For international shipping, please contact Julia at for a custom quote. 

Threshold Editions aims to be an affordable model for buying contemporary sculpture, each purchase directly supports the artist and future exhibitions at Threshold.

50% of the sale goes directly to the artist and 50% goes to Threshold to fund future exhibitions and commissions.

*Orders are usually dispatched within 2 weeks of ordering except during the Christmas holiday. Threshold is going on holiday from 12 December 2021 until 2 January 2022. Orders placed after midnight on 12 December will be dispatched after 2 January.

More information about the artist: 

Emii Alrai (b.1993) is an artist based in Leeds.

Alrai’s practice is informed by inherited nostalgia, geographical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects. Focusing on the ancient mythologies from the Middle East alongside personal oral histories of Iraq, Alrai weaves together narratives by forging artefacts and visualising residues of cultural collision. Often working at a large scale, Alrai creates sculptural installations that recall museological displays and dioramas.

Alrai graduated from BA Fine Art (2016) and MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2018) at the University of Leeds.

Recent exhibitions include: Stories We Tell Ourselves, Foreman Gallery, Quebec (2021); Ecdysis, Assembly Point, London (2021); Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Arts, London (2021); The High Dam, The Tetley, Leeds (2020); Tutelaries, VITRINE, London (2019); House of Teeming Cattle, Two Queens, Leicester (2019); An Ancient Quiver, GLOAM, Sheffield (2018). In 2022 she will be exhibiting at Eastside Projects, Birmingham and Visual Arts Centre Clarington, Canada.

Alrai was a Yorkshire Sculpture International Engagement Artist in 2019 and was selected for The Tetley Artist Associate Programme in 2018. She is a co-founder of artist collective Nocturne and participated in Making Marks, a project by The Arab British Centre and Mudeena Kuwait. In 2021 Alrai was an artist in residence at Triangle Astérides Residency, Marseille. Alrai has recently been selected for the prestigious Future Collect programme with iniva and The Hepworth Wakefield. The commissioned work will be exhibited at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2022.

Instagram: @emiialrai