Challenging the established perceptions of cultural and artistic practices that were once exclusively coded as feminine and thus insignificant, Russell’s work celebrates the decorative, promiscuous aesthetics and politics of purity; the superficial, excess and delight – with pleasure. Russell creates porcelain sculptures which explore the nostalgia and desire imbued in collected objects. Using an experimental construction method to produce sculptures made solely of piping, a technique usually reserved for the cake decorating craft of royal icing, Russell has developed a way of creating forms that seem to defy their own making. In creating each work, Russell incorporates confessional and autobiographical elements into her artworks to recreate her lived experience through a feminised craft. Ebony Russell completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Honours) at Monash University in 2003 and in 2019 graduated from The National Art School Sydney with a Masters of Fine Art. Russell has won many awards including the Franz International Rising Star Award in 2018. Major exhibitions include Clay Dynasty, The Powerhouse Museum Sydney 20221; The 66th Blake Art Prize, 2020; Ceramica Maxima, The Jamfactory, 2021; Midnight Garden, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, 2020:The Backbone of Things, Te Auaha Gallery, Wellington.
Venue: Araluen Theatre, Central Craft Studio
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