16 June – 3 July 2016
about the exhibition
Maria Chatzinikolaki is an emerging artist whose beautiful ceramic forms are exquisitely decorated with intricate designs and detailed patterns. Art history, ancient civilisations and nature are a constant source of inspiration for Maria and this is reflected in all of her work. The body of work in this exhibition, ‘Essence of…’, “explores daily concerns and thoughts about all sorts of relationships and how they work, how everything in life is related and connected and how it makes more sense with the passing of time. It reflects qualities and characteristics that we carry as human vessels that define us that also interrelate with other humans and/or animals…” Maria’s aim is for her work to resonate with people, and for someone to be able to attach a part of themselves to a piece so that it ultimately becomes a personal object.
Maria Chatzinikolaki was born in Greece where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic and Interior Design and worked as an interior designer before she decided to focus on ceramic art. Moving to Australia in 2007, she started a Bachelor of Visual Arts at TAFE and then went on to complete a two year associate program in ceramics at the Jam Factory in Adelaide. Maria has been actively involved in exhibiting in her home town of Adelaide and, in 2011, was the winner of the President Award from CraftSouth. In 2012, she was selected as a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. This is Maria’s first solo exhibition with Beaver Galleries.