Clunes Ceramic Award (update)

You may remember that I entered the 2013 Clunes Ceramic Award…

(here’s that post)

Well, the announcement of finalists was delayed and all entrants were sent an email on Sunday:

Clunes Ceramic Award email 2013

Fair call – the Manningham Ceramic Art Award was inundated with entries and the Clunes award is well recognised as a respected and highly prized Australian regional arts event.

So when I received this follow up email:

Clunes Ceramic Award email 2013_2You could forgive me for thinking that this was some elaborate prank email – I mean, here was my name under Mollie Bosworth and Petrus Spronk:

Clunes Ceramic Award 2013_3

I waited all of today, half expecting a follow-up email exclaiming ‘Gotcha good Rachel!’ But that email never came through.

So with great joy and excitement, I’d like to show you my entry, ‘Fragmented Impressions.’

This is my artist statement for the work:

Before moving to Melbourne in the summer of 2008, I had previously lived my whole life in Redcliffe – a small beachside community north east of Brisbane, Queensland. For the previous 21 years, I had only called a small yet comfortable 3-bedroom brick house home, sharing the ups and downs of life with my father, mother and younger brother.

The ‘Fragmented Impressions’ series evolved out of a sudden and intense experience of homesickness, exploring and expressing ideas of memory, resilience, reflection, home and that ever elusive sense of belonging.

Memories are hard to translate and difficult to truly share and this is a work of memory; for memory is all that it can be, it cannot be fact. Imprints were taken of 11 specific things, places and surfaces – my mother’s flower vase, the driveway path and my wardrobe doors – items which evoked a deep sentimentality and held great significance to me. By translating them into ceramic form, I found myself both capturing and yet fragmenting their essence; I was able mimic their physicality but each reproduction lacks essential authenticity.

These textured tiles, stitched together and free-standing, disclose a landscape of my childhood echoing Redcliffe’s distinctive red cliff face. The black acrylic base adds a reflective element to the ceramic assemblages, which have no set or specific arrangement. In this way, they are ‘reset’ with every installation, open to re-interpretation and manipulation. 

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It’s a heartfelt and heart-full work. I’m beyond thrilled with it’s acceptance and would love to see it installed in the exhibition. Oh gosh, how wonderful is it to express yourself and have others honour and respect that story?!

So I’ve now got to carefully wrap and send my textured tiles off on their adventure to Clunes. This means LAYERS of bubble wrap 🙂 Oh, how exciting!!!

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9 thoughts on “Clunes Ceramic Award (update)

  1. Rachel – you are a very deserving finalist! Your commitment to ceramics is true and it is heartening to see that Clunes has embraced your work. Congratulations! Pie Barberis

  2. It is really exciting that your experiences of life changing have been translated to artistic expression. I am very excited for you, Rachel. Dad.

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