About

I am curious about the way we interpret things and how our understanding of one object may influence our perception of another. Some of my forms are grounded in utility and familiarity while others are more abstract and ambiguous. My work explores the composition of ceramic objects in still life compositions.

Formal relationships between individual objects weave the constructed groups together. 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 Austin is a ceramic artist living in lutruwita, Tasmania. She completed a Bachelor of General Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada in 2011 and a Master of Philosophy from the Australia National University, Canberra in 2016.

Austin’s work has been exhibited in curated exhibitions across Australia, Canada and The United States of America. In 2018, her work received a high commendation from the Bienniale North Queensland Ceramics Awards in Townsville and in 2019, Kelly received the The National Still Life Prize from Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. In 2021, her work was included in the Women’s Art Prize, Tasmania and in 2022 was exhibited at HeidiMOMA, Melbourne.

Kelly has undertaken numerous international artist residencies including QBank Gallery in Queenstown, Tasmania and Medalta International Ceramic Residency in Medicine Hat, Canada. Her work is held in both private and public collections including: The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

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A Space for Softness Catalogue