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 an emerging ceramic artist who was born in Vancouver, Canada and currently lives in Sandford, Tasmania. She completed her Bachelor of General Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2011 and her Master of Philosophy in Ceramics from the Australia National University, Canberra in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in curated exhibitions across Australia, Canada and The United States of America. In 2015, her work was selected for The City of Hobart Art Prize in Tasmania and the Clunes Award in Victoria. She was the recipient of a British Columbia Creative Achievement Award in 2015. In 2016, she was a finalist in the Gold Coast International Ceramic Award. In 2017, Kelly received a Development Grant through the Australia Council for the Arts to undertake a mentorship with ceramic artist Kirsten Coelho. She will have a solo exhibition at CraftACT in late 2017.