Kelly Austin is an emerging ceramic artist whose interest lies in the way that objects are interpreted and how our understanding of one object may influence our perception of another. In her work, she explores the arrangement of ceramic objects in still life compositions, with the relationships between individual objects weaving the constructed groups together. As she says of her pieces, “Quiet shifts in surface quality from matt to gloss enhance the work’s subtlety and detail. In reference to painting – an overall sense of resonance and softness is sought through the use of colour, tone and shadow.” Kelly’s work, although simple in appearance, shows a mastery of technique as she strips away unnecessary detail and relies on her materials for colour and texture. Each exquisite piece is carefully considered and invites you to reflect on the combination of forms, textures and colours as well as inviting you to contemplate the way we look at objects.
Kelly Austin was born in Vancouver, Canada, and currently lives and works in Tasmania. She received her Bachelor of General Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and, in 2016, completed her Masters of Philosophy – Ceramics at the Australian National University. Kelly has exhibited across Australia and Canada and was a finalist in the Gold Coast International Ceramic Award in 2016. in 2017, she was a finalist in both the National Still Life Award and the Clunes Ceramic Award.