8 – 25 November 2018
about the exhibition
“I am curious about the way we interpret things and how an understanding of one object may influence the perception of another. My work therefore explores illusion, the relationships of ceramic objects in still life compositions and asks how carefully do we look? How is what we perceive connected to the depth with which we see? Some of my forms are grounded in utility and familiarity while others are more ambiguous and abstract. The inclusion of painted timber shelves further explores the idea of illusion; placing three dimensional objects within two dimensional framing. Formal relationships between individual objects weave the constructed groups together. Quiet shifts in surface quality from matt to gloss aim to enhance the subtlety and detail of the works. An overall sense of resonance and softness is sought through the use of colour, tone and shadow.”
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 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the Clunes Ceramic Award in Clunes, NSW.