Judy Maddalozzo

Grounding, 2021

32 cm
Artists Statement no 2
Maddalozzo _ Judy

Title :
Grounding (ceramic ocean form )

I was born in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea; into a large missionary family. When we returned to Australia we lived at Yirrkala; a small indigenous community on the coast of Arnhem Land. My early life was spent immersed in ancient cultures and traditions; daily life was full of tribal customs, primitive art and ceremonial dance. My ceramic forms are naturally tuned to these experiences and I often use traditional ochres on my larger ceramic forms.

It was my time spent on her grandparents farm in the hills of Kiama on the NSW coast that sparked my love of art and the ocean. It was a slow pace of life. My grandparents taught me that spending time with family is precious. Their legacy is deeply ingrained into all of my artworks and remains a constant inspiration.

This work is an invitation to look at the layers of the earth and the layers of our souls. It is a gentle reminder to walk along the beach barefoot; to really feel the sand and breathe in the salty air. To feel the feels, and then to let them go …

The circular shape represents the natural cycles within our fragile world; emotional, spiritual and environmental. The work has been created to inspire feelings of being a part of nature and not separate from it. To open pathways within our minds for re-connecting with these cycles.

This piece is non-functional and hand-built using recycled Australian Terracotta Stoneware Clay. The body is decorated using natural shades of ochre pigments.
The textured surface is a result of natural sands and small stones (grog) found in the clay and the flecks of trachyte iron produce the mottled effect.

I have aptly used Terracotta as terra-cotta is Italian for “baked earth” – so perfect for giving those grounding vibes.

The clay is twice fired to stoneware
Artist Biography Maddalozzo _ Judy Judy was born in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and then lived at Yirrkala in Arnhem Land. These ancient cultures and primitive arts experiences have naturally inspired her work. However, it was time spent on her grandparents farm in Kiama overlooking the NSW coast, where she instinctively identified with her love of art and the ocean. Judy studied Fine Art formally at BCAE Kelvin Grove Campus. Met and worked with experienced potters and art tutors including Gwyn Hanseen Pigott, Warren Palmer and Lyndal Moor. A highlight in her formative artistic career was collaborating with Thanakupi to deliver a ceramic workshop for indigenous children. Judy has returned to her art practise after many years of teaching art and raising a family. Judy’s recent works inspire us to slow down, value family time and the little things in life. Solo Exhibitions: 2020 Ocean Forms – ceramic hand built forms 2019 Sea Spray: An exhibition of paintings, Karen Brown Fine Art, Darwin 2018 Il Giardino: An exhibition of floral paintings, Karen Brown Fine Art, Darwin 1989 Colours: Solo Exhibition Craft Council, Darwin Group Exhibitions: 2017 Ocean and Skin – Paintings and Ceramics Karen Brown Fine Art, Darwin 1990 Balance: Art Gallery of Queensland 1989 Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 1988 Craft Council of the Northern Territory 1987 Gallery at BCAE Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane Commissions: 1999 Designed and Created Ceramic Sculptures of Brolga Award for Brolga Tourism Awards, Northern Territory Collections: 1990 Balance: Art Gallery of Queensland Artist-in-Residence: 1989 Artist-in-Residence with potter Thanakupi at Amata Central Australia 1988 Artist-in-Residence at the Craft Council, Darwin Highly Commended: 1987 Sixth Gold Coast National Ceramic Award The Centre, Gold Coast City Council Qld
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