Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Holding Space Making Place

AUSTRALIAN CERAMICS TRIENNALE

PRESENTER'S SHOW

May 1st to 5th
Princes Wharf One, Castray Esplanade, Hobart


Memory Bowls - Four Days, Three Capes, Two Hands, One Dolerite Shard, 2018

Hand-pinched & Dolerite shard-textured Southern Ice Porcelain, stains, oxides & stoneware glaze

Pleased to be placing these works about the coast line east of Hobart at the conference in Hobart.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Conversations with a landscape

CONVERSATIONS WITH A LANDSCAPE

9 APRIL - 18 MAY 2019
Vitrine members gallery

craft victoria

Conversations with a landscape presents an investigation into our relationship with Australian landscape.

”I have visited this area of the Victorian high country for many years. All works have been made at the site of investigation, using the pliant material of clay to capture a tangible sense of place.”

These objects respond to a tree and the place in which it grows. The artist would like to acknowledge that this work was made beside the waters and on lands of the Taungurung Clans.

This tree stands majestic and sublime, its imposing size suggesting it is many hundred years old. A vital living thing, a survivor of the colonialising impact of saw milling, the high-country cattle industry,19th century and ongoing farming and leisure activities. It stands on the verge of a stone-filled mountain river, teetering on the boundaries of possessed and Crown lands.

Conversations with a Landscape uses the framed space of a vitrine to propose that we occupy a newly defined place in nature and within the genre of landscape.

The making of these ceramic artefacts is the outcome of a corresponding and complimentary flow of material with a vital connection to place.


Robyn Phelan makes sculptural and ceramic works out of the Elm Place Studios in North Melbourne. Referencing art history, a sense of place, and concern for the environment, her works question ‘what and who are we? For the artist, clay is a material with immense agency and is intrinsic to the universal human experience. Robyn has a diverse range of professional visual arts experience, and is an avid observer and writer of contemporary ceramic practice. Robyn is currently undertaking a Masters by Research at RMIT. She also teachers in Ceramics and Professional Practice.



Installation Preparation - Conversation with a landscape

Installation was straight forward due to measurements and vitrine models (see below).












Saturday, 23 March 2019

Playing With the Big & Little Stuff

Aaah the joy of returning to study and ACCESS to wonderful equipment.
This 'tree hugger' vessel was formed from the Mountain Gum at Merrijig to the limit of my:

  • body
  • car
  • kiln
Porcelain coils become slabs when caressed across the surface of the Merrijig tree. 














Wednesday, 26 December 2018

New Work - Vitrine Exhibition at Craft May 2019


Conversations With A Landscape will present an investigation into our relationship with Australian landscape. 

I have visited this area of the Victorian high country for many years. All works have been made at the site of investigation, using the pliant material of clay to capture a tangible sense of place.

These vessels and sculptures respond to a particular eucalyptus, river and surrounding landscape. Measuring 712cm in diameter and thought to be pre-settlement, this tree has significant agency. It grows on the unceded land of the Taungurung people. It stands unharvested, majestic and sublime. A survivor of the colonial impact of saw milling, the high-country cattle industry and 19th century and ongoing farming. It stands as a provocation and reminder of longevity and undocumented history of this place.

Conversations With A Landscape proposes that we occupy a newly redefined place in nature, one that is observant and respectful. These objects explore a way of constructing and acknowledging landscape outside of colonial tropes and actions of consumption, ownership, and labelling.  






Lifting texture...



Cloudy


New Work Exploration - About Place




















Saturday, 25 August 2018

Studio News - July -August 2018

Thinking about universal themes, forms and figures in ceramic history. These ancient Cypriot vessels 1800BCE - 475BCE from Melbourne's Hellenic Museum have so much in common with the Pre-Columbian and Egyptian pottery on display at NGV:I.



 

 




This collection of drawings from NGV: International