Earthbound curated by Hannah Gee

10th Sep 2021 - 23rd Oct 2021

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 184 Bourke Street, Goulburn, NSW, 2580

Contact Details
Hannah Gee
[email protected]
(02) 4823 4494

Event Details
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

‘Earthbound’ presents six contemporary artists (Janet Fieldhouse, Ian Jones, Katrina Leske, Kate McKay, Carlene Thompson & Alana Wilson) working with ceramics: a medium of rotations and revolutions, inextricable from the human experience. 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.

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.


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