Image: Kate McKay’s studio, Collector NSW, 2020

Earthbound

Curated by Hannah Gee

11 sep. — 23 oct. 2021

‘Earthbound’ presents six contemporary artists working with ceramics: a medium of rotations and revolutions, inextricable from the human experience.

 Ceramics is one of the most ancient and far-travelled traditions across the world. It is used widely as a comparative tool to differentiate time periods within the archaeological record, and is so entrenched within the anthropogenic experience that numerous early mythologies feature the creation of human life from clay. Shapes, materials, characters and colours reference the course of human action, and within it the personal histories, misfires, cracks and breaks.

 As contemporary art, ceramics has seen a major revival in both rural and urban communities, with a harkening to the handmade, slowness, and careful consideration of custom glazes that are irreversible once fired. With a range of approaches, including hand building, coiling and wheel-thrown centrifugal processes, the practices of these artists are reflective of the medium's simultaneous softness, strength and endurance through intense heat. These sensibilities are both of the human artist and of the earth in their hands.

 Curated by Hannah Gee, the exhibition brings together perspectives on the medium that go beyond the functional, and highlight a tenderness of tactility, and bravery in experimentation.

Janet Fieldhouse 
Ian Jones 
Katrina Leske
Kate McKay
Carlene Thompson
Alana Wilson

Image: Kate McKay’s studio, Collector NSW, 2020

Earthbound

Curated by Hannah Gee

11 sep. — 23 oct. 2021

‘Earthbound’ presents six contemporary artists working with ceramics: a medium of rotations and revolutions, inextricable from the human experience.

 Ceramics is one of the most ancient and far-travelled traditions across the world. It is used widely as a comparative tool to differentiate time periods within the archaeological record, and is so entrenched within the anthropogenic experience that numerous early mythologies feature the creation of human life from clay. Shapes, materials, characters and colours reference the course of human action, and within it the personal histories, misfires, cracks and breaks.

 As contemporary art, ceramics has seen a major revival in both rural and urban communities, with a harkening to the handmade, slowness, and careful consideration of custom glazes that are irreversible once fired. With a range of approaches, including hand building, coiling and wheel-thrown centrifugal processes, the practices of these artists are reflective of the medium's simultaneous softness, strength and endurance through intense heat. These sensibilities are both of the human artist and of the earth in their hands.

 Curated by Hannah Gee, the exhibition brings together perspectives on the medium that go beyond the functional, and highlight a tenderness of tactility, and bravery in experimentation.

Janet Fieldhouse 
Ian Jones 
Katrina Leske
Kate McKay
Carlene Thompson
Alana Wilson