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Build | Rebuild: Northern Rivers Ceramics, After the Floods is an exhibition that brings together the incredible talent of local ceramic artists in the Northern Rivers region, who were all affected by the major flooding events in the region earlier this year.
The exhibition includes work by local artists Luke Atkinson, Stephen Bird, Phaedra Davy, Raven Esque, Penny Evans, Brooke Jenkins, Gudrun Klix, Wally McGregor, Antoinette O’Brien, Anna Parsons, Lucy Phillips, Miriam Salomon, Avital Sheffer, and Jacqui Sosnowski.
Build | Rebuild presents works by artists in all stages of their careers and showcases the breadth and vibrance of ceramics in the region– from the beauty of functional, everyday objects to impressive sculptural forms. Works display the diverse possibilities of thematic and technical exploration within the medium, and represent the various materials and techniques of making, from thrown and slip-cast forms, to hand building, along with different approaches to surface decoration and firing processes.
The recent floods impacted each of these artists in many different ways. Artists lost studios, equipment, materials, artworks, their livelihood, places of learning, homes, their local supplier, and so much more. Some have paused their practices to support others less fortunate, or to help regenerate the land. Out of both the loss of time and the various drastic setbacks, artists have rebuilt their practices, returned to study or teach, and have re-emerged with their work inevitably affected in poignant ways.
Out of this devastation many artists have sought out the creative process as a healing balm to the chaos, perhaps a way to integrate such a multifaceted experience.
This show offers the community a way to celebrate the fruits of creative labour through, and despite, these times, and honour the processes involved in rebuilding.
Build | Rebuild: Northern Rivers Ceramics, After the Floods was curated by Kat Shapiro Wood in collaboration with Lone Goat Gallery.
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