Annie Parnell

fill a vessel, cut it in half, 2021

6.0 cm
I choose to actively deviate from traditional processes of ceramic materials to experiment with new systems of building form. Traditional ceramics practice favours skill, control and the expected outcome over chance. When chance is involved as an element of the making process, interesting results can and do arise. By filling a vessel with glaze and porcelain, heat catalyses an interaction where glaze-flow navigates embedded porcelain forms. Post-firing, glaze which oozes, drips and creeps over smooth clay surfaces into reluctant cracks, holes and crevices is stopped in motion. This is revealed by the act of cutting the work, and evokes in the viewer feelings of embodiment and abjection. The resulting forms are evidence of (and reliant on) these unplanned chance-based transformations.
Annie Parnell is an emerging artist living and working on Ngunawal, Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country. She graduated from the ANU School of Art and Design in 2020 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (ceramics)/Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship. Working mainly in ceramics, her first solo exhibition was at Strathnairn Arts Centre (2021) and her work was selected for Talenté (Munich, 2021). She is interested in the material possibilities that arise from the subversion of traditional craft processes.
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