Exploring the intricate relationship between art, craft and design in contemporary ceramics
Local craft organisation Anfisa has announced Interconnected, a curated ceramic art exhibition that explores the relationship of art, craft, and design, while pushing the boundaries of ceramic craftsmanship.
Curated by Julia Armstrong (pictured above), the exhibition will take place at PS Art Space, offering an exploration of contemporary ceramics through the works of 17 artists across Australia. The showcase is scheduled from Tuesday, October 17 to Sunday, October 22, with an Opening Night event on Friday, October 20.
Each artist has been commissioned to present a relationship between two distinct bodies of work within the same medium – a functional sculpture and a complementary wall piece that connect and converse with each other.
Participating artists have been given full freedom of conveyed message, form, colour and technique. The showcased works are bound only by the requirement that they effortlessly integrate into everyday life, while authentically embodying each artist’s unique voice.
“My objective is simple: to foster an appreciation for contemporary ceramics and encourage investment in the works of Australian artists,” said Julia Armstrong. “I firmly believe in the inherent value of owning handcrafted pieces that encapsulate the artist’s passion, purpose, and unique voice. It’s also about embracing mindful consumption – acquiring quality artworks that can be cherished for years, while making a positive impact. You can enhance your living environment and, at the same time, contribute to the development of a thriving artistic community.”
The Interconnected exhibition features 17 artists from Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria:
Alexandra Standen, NSW
Astrid Solomon, VIC (Bastard Ceramics)
Annemieke Mulders, WA
Charmaine Ball, WA
Elizabeth Lewis, NSW
Emma Lindegaard, WA
Jan Vogelpoel, VIC
Jessica Sellinger, QLD
Kerryn Levy, SA
Lara Louise, NSW
Lauren Joffe, VIC
Mayma Awaida, WA (silver prncss studio)
Nathan Karnovsky, WA
Serena Pangetsu and Anika Kalotay, WA (Kura Studio)
Theodosius Ng, VIC
Victoria Martinez Zurbano, WA (Toia)
Yang Qiu, NSW (Albatross Ceramics)
A special highlight of the exhibition is set to be the panel discussion, The Intersection of Art, Craft, and Design, going down on Saturday, October 21, from 11am to 12:30pm. This conversation will bring together industry experts who will explore the relationship and mutual influence of art, craft, and design disciplines. Attendees are invited to engage in thought-provoking discussions on seamless convergence, the role of functionality, incorporation of traditional craftsmanship, cultural heritage’s impact, and future intersections.
Interconnected is showing at PS Art Space from Tuesday, October 17 to Sunday, October 22, 2023. For more info head to anfisa.com.au