Zoe Slee

Arcanic object XIII (the heart of the reef), 2022

11 × 6 × 7.5 cm
Zoe Slee is an artistic thing maker, who explores liminal planes and moments of transformation in her artistic practice. Often drawn to myths, folklore and processes of change found in nature, her work focuses on the macro and micro perspectives through repetitive making processes. Using clay as her starting point, she creates highly detailed surfaces and objects with a combination of different media. The resulting objects inhabit multiple perspectives and ideas, sitting in transitional zones, engaging with dualities of both the living and the dead, the hard and soft, stasis and movement. They exist to capture and discuss movement and moments of change without inhabiting or being inhibited by one set form or idea.
Zoe Slee is an emerging artist who completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts(Honours) in 2014 at the Australian National University School of Art. Since graduation she has been selected to participate in a number of national and international exhibitions and symposia, has participated as a board member for the 2015 Australian Ceramics Triennale and maintained a studio in Australia until 2017. She then moved to take her practice overseas. In both 2013 and 2014 she was invited to be a guest artist and speaker at an international ceramics festival in Singapore, and in 2015 she was the youngest person ever to receive the Doug Alexander Award at the Canberra Potters Society Members Exhibition. Most recently she has been working at Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre in Denmark after being awarded an assistantship opportunity, using this time to develop a new body of researched artwork. During her time in Denmark she participated in three group shows alongside many other international artist, as well as two exhibitions back in Australia in 2018, including the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize finalist exhibition at the South Australia Museum.. Since returning to Australia she has (just) maintained her art practice completing a Masters of Curation and Cultural Leadership at UNSW. In 2019 she organised and curated NEXUS: The ACT Showcase exhibition at the Australian Ceramics Triennale in Tasmania while also generating new work for MANIFEST: The Art, Craft and Design of Contemporary Australian Ceramics curated by Damon Moon for the same Triennale. Since then she has been featured in Art Edit magazine at “One to Watch”, curated Of Soap and Stone at ANCA Gallery in Canberra and now works as Assistant Registrar at the Biennale of Sydney.
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