Belle Thierry — 'Pillar', 2022
Pillar, 2022 is an ode to brutalist architecture, capturing an impression of the architectural technique of formwork or ‘Beton brut’. An inquiry into process and its affect on material, the work explores the cross disciplines of art and design, a sculpture in its own right with the functionality of a working lamp.
Cast using a cylindrical framework of timber sheaths, the process captures the raw impression of timber grain, first in plaster then in translucent porcelain. The delicate porcelain shade is supported by a polished aluminium base, a dichotomy of material, texture and density.
Belle Thierry is visual artist based in Melbourne/Naarm
Her practice incorporates elements of ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media, often juxtaposing materials such as ceramic and metal to convey narrative.
Thierry's practice primarily revolves around the materiality of porcelain, exploring the way material and form has affect on light, shadow and space. Subdued and minimal her work emits colour and instead focusses on the essential gesture of form, highlighting the integral qualities of material, shown in its most authentic state.
Belle was the Winner of 'Fresh!' 2020 at Craft Victoria.
As a participant in the inaugural Melbourne Design Fair, Craft Victoria will present a curated collection of the most exciting makers in Australian craft and design. The exhibition will feature 13 makers working across ceramics, textiles, glass and metal, including textile artist Anastasia La Fey, ceramic artist Belle Thierry, textile artist Caro Pattle, ceramic artist Danielle Thiris, furniture and lighting designer Dean Toepfer, artist and experimental designer Jessie French, metalsmith Kenny Yong-Soo, multidisciplinary artist and weaver Lisa Waup, glass artist Misseu, ceramicist Owen Rye, ceramicist Vanessa Lucas, and ceramicist Yoko Ozawa.
Makers will come together in an immersive installation with emerging practitioners featured alongside established designers, showcasing creative ingenuity and material mastery.
Initiated by the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, the fair is a new platform for the craft and design community to bring their collective creative energy together and sell one-off, limited edition pieces in a unique, cultural experience over five days.
Materials: porcelain, aluminium, light fixture
Dimensions: approx. 70cm x 20cm
This work is available as a Limited Edition of 4 + 1 AP
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Photography: Tasha Tylee