michele edinger

Sweet Rhapsody, 2021

STONEWARE, PORCELAIN, GLAZE, PURE GOLD ENAMEL ( 2 PCS)
22 cm
$575
My work speaks of the current social climate, lost memories and the human condition. In my practice as a ceramist I am both a painter and sculptor. I draw from memory and figurative references and in both material and metaphorical layers as I explore the blurred boundaries of perception. In my practice I use a combination of slip cast, wheel work and hand building skills to create a collective society of ‘beings’. The slipcast objects are from found domestic items such as an old English flask jug, vintage kitchen table legs and crystal stem glasses. I employ a deliberate marriage of hybrid body parts and facial expressions allowing for incidental imperfections so to convey a certain sentiment of the human condition. Once formed the material is layered in glazes and high fired several times in reduction as well as in oxidation.

This work submitted for this years’ National Emerging Art Prize 2021 is titled 'Sweet Rhapsody.' It is a piece that illustrates the delightful conversations we can have with strangers. The material is pivotal to my expression, representing intrepid expressions of texture and tone.
was born in the Snowy Mountains of Victoria to immigrant parents and raised in the many mining towns of Western Australia and Queensland. The family moved several times overseas and I attended schools in Canada, South Africa and the USA. This experience has fueled my fascination with the study of society and human behavior. The experience of growing up in landscapes enriched with colour, texture and diversity has set the stage for me as a visual artist. My work speaks of social acceptance, lost memories and the human condition. In my practice as a ceramist I am both a painter and sculptor. I draw from spiritual and symbolic references and in both material and metaphorical layers I explore the blurred boundaries of beauty and all its perceptions. I am currently enrolled in my first year of Masters in Ceramics at the National Art School.

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