Endemic Earth, Contemporary Ceramics inspired by Tasmanian Botanicals, 1 - 15 May 2019, Kingborough Art Hub, Kingston, Tasmania.
Co-curated by Caroline Davies Choi and Amber Creswell-Bell. Including Works By: Andrew Halford, Cathy Franzi, Chrystie Longworth, Gretel Corrie, Hana Vasak, Julie Pennington, Katarina Wells, Kate Wischusen, Keiko Matsui, Kerryn Levy, Luca Lettieri, Luke Ryan, Milly Dent, Penelope Duke, Philippa Taylor, Phoebe Kretschmer, Rose Jenson Holm, Sarah Rayner, Susan Simonini, Timna Taylor, Tara Burke, Ulrica Trulsson.
Telopea truncata is endemic to Tasmania. The origin of its name derived from the Greek word Telopos meaning “seen from afar.” The stunning inflorescence of scarlet red stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding green foliage. Telopea truncata blooms consist of a loose cluster of individual florets. The early developmental stages of the florets are amazing structures with a bulbous tip from which the style and stigma energetically burst and fold back to reveal the stamens. Once pollinated the seedpod develops which when ripe splits along one side to release numerous winged seeds.
The entire reproductive cycle of the Telopea truncata has informed and inspired this Flowerbone series. By closely scrutinising the structures, examining the form, textures, cracks and crevices and the way layers peel back to reveal sensuous interiors, I have translated my observations into ceramic sculptural forms. The resulting objects are simultaneously familiar and strange … slow, contemplative and meticulous in their construction with many layers of musing stored within. The duality of Porcelain, its fragility and strength make it a perfect medium from which to realise my interpretation of this poetic little Tasmanian treasure.