Sam Gold is a South Australian artist living and working on Kaurna Yerta (the Adelaide Plains). Gold turned their hand to ceramics in earnest in 2018, bringing over a decade of training in Transpersonal Art Therapy (Ikon Institute), Furniture Design (TafeSA) and studies in Contemporary Art (UniSA, ACSA) to the medium. The ‘pinch-style’ coiled sculptures and vessels, for which Gold has since become known, push the structural and conceptual capacity of clay. As objects, they materialise a kinship between Gold’s physical body, the psychological and emotional self, and the clay body, allowing Gold to explore states of futility, failure, resilience and grit, porousness yet inscrutability. Subtle shifts in form, shape and texture – from the pressure of a thumb to the angle of the wrist – produce a somatic archive. “Your body is the only boundary for clay. You are the profile.” Gold is a highly awarded artist, as recipient of the Helpmann Academy Grant and Graduate Award (2019), the Helpmann Creative Investment Fund (2021), and the University of South Australia’s Australian Ceramics Council Award (2018) and Merit Award for Academic Excellence (2019). Gold has exhibited extensively throughout South Australia, and exhibited in the 2019 Australian Ceramic Triennale Hobart, and Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Currently a studio tenant at JamFactory, Gold is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.
Venue: Witchetty's Forum
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