Melbourne artist Sally Kent visualizes the volatile processes of nature in its fragile porcelain capsules. The ceramic works are cross-cut to reveal an inner seed, flower, or other fertile organism, and compare the color and texture of the forms of inner life with their smooth shells.
Each piece, which is only a few centimeters to about a foot tall, consists of individual patterns, be it through tiny balls or with thin ceramic strips that are hung on the outer edges. This repetition is a form of embodiment, says Kent, because it creates the cycles that create and sustain all life, regardless of species or age. “Each pod begins with an egg shape – an archetypal symbol for the cycle of life, death and renewal, but it also acts as a shell to delimit the visible (the physical body) and the invisible (the spiritual), albeit fragile protect and emotional world) ”she shares.
When in Sydney you can see Kents protection series, which includes human hands and busts adorned with mythological details, on the first weekend in August at the House of Chu. Until then, dive into their process and see more of their handcrafted work on Instagram.
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