17 October - 3 November 2019
about the exhibition
‘Precious nature’ brings together the work of three contemporary Australian ceramicists – Julie Bartholomew, Shannon Garson and Fiona Hiscock. Their work stems from a deep respect of the natural world often with a focus on secluded and threatened ecosystems. Fiona’s works in the exhibition are inspired by the diversity of native birds and plants she observes around her. She says of her work, “In making ceramics, my primary intention is to call attention to the natural environment. The objects are loosely based on early Colonial water jugs and basins, referencing my personal history as a non-indigenous Australian. The decoration is informed by research into the history of botanical illustration and many hours painting site specific plant specimens. The work attempts to convey my respect and reverence for the natural environment, cared for and protected over thousands of years by the first Australians.”
Born in Melbourne, Fiona Hiscock completed her training at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in the early 1990s. She has been exhibiting consistently since 1991 and her work is represented in the Parliament House Art Collection in Canberra as well as the collections of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Queensland University of Technology, Deakin University and regional galleries in Ballarat, the Gold Coast, Bathurst and Shepparton.