Loren Utteson

Detritus, 2021

15 cm
I am drawn to the flamboyant work where form and function are altered by the surface. I create unconventional sculptures to help reinvent the intent and meaning of traditional ceramics, as I aim to push the boundaries of high art. Detritus translates to the debris found on the ground after decomposing waste. I have chosen to elevate this waste and bring it forward into the realm of high art altering not only its form but its function in society,
Loren Utterson’s ceramics incorporate mixed media such as acrylics, glitter glue, and non-traditional materials in order to reject the conservative techniques of the medium. She uses her bright, playfully-coloured ceramics to explore and connect to childhood memories of play, and to disconnect from the mundane elements of everyday life. Loren’s mother and grandmother are both painters. As a young child, Loren’s mother would allow her to assist with making colour swatches and other arts activities. During school holidays, she experienced numerous artistic activities, from painting to candle making. These experiences continue to inform Loren’s practice. Born in Sydney, Australia, Loren grew up between Newcastle and Sydney. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts majoring in Ceramics at The National Art School, Darlinghurst. She is currently studying at Australian Catholic University to acquire her Masters of Education.

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