Ebony Russell – Superfluous: Garland Swag Urn with Pedestal, 2022
My recent work with the iconic jasperware blue, the quintessence of Wedgwood's ceramic production, led my thoughts to focus on the intersection between colour, symbolism and decoration, and the way that this plays out in our lived experiences. From The sky-blue hue of Cinderella's Disney gown and the pastel blue colour palette overwhelming the interiors, dresses, and waistcoats of the hit Netflix series Bridgerton. I explore these dreamy, decadent hues of decency, taste, and good breeding in my vases and urns. The saccharine embellishment and delicate layers are intensified and given permanence with the use of high-fired porcelain. The ornament itself becomes the structure, undermining the intention of decoration's original purpose.
Ebony Russell has established a reputation as one of the new generation of experimental ceramicists pushing the boundaries of the medium further and further into the realm of contemporary art. She is well known for her decadent, ostentatious, and overtly feminine ceramic creations. Having experienced a meteoric few years defined by a flurry of awards and inclusions in major exhibitions, Ebony Russell has received acclaim and recognition for the following accolades: Winner of the 2022 Meroogal Women's Art Prize and Winner of the International Franz Rising Star Award for excellence in porcelain, which resulted in a residency in Jingdezhen, China in 2019. More recently her work has been included in the major exhibition Clay Dynasty at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney with a series of commissioned pieces now forming part of the museum's permanent collection. Her work was also recently acquired for the Bendigo Art Gallery's permanent collection.
It's not just blue
November 24 - January 21
A gathering of works by Australian artists, crafts people and designers, in a maximalist exploration of the colour blue in all its hues.
Anke Kindle / Anna Varendorff / Anne U / Ara Dolatian / Ash Allen / Bastard Ceramics / Camille Laddawan / Caro Pattle / Christopher Plumridge / Curio Practice / Dean Norton / Dean Toepfer / Ebony Russell / Ella Saddington / Georgina Proud / House Editions / Iluka Sax-Williams / Jess Sellinger / Jordan Fleming / Kristin Burgham / Louise Meuwissen / Lucy Tolan / Michael Gittings / Nicole Lawrence / Owen Rye / Real Non-Real / Sguscio / Shimara Carlow / Tara Shackell / Terunobu Hirata / Tia Ansell / Yen Qin
Material: Piped porcelain, stain
Dimensions: approx. 60 x 20c x 20cm dimensions variable
Please note, works purchased as gifts will be made available for collection by December 20 for the gifting season, all others will remain on exhibition until January 21