Drawn by Stone

Drawn by Stone

7 September - 21 October 2023

Curators | Bridie Moran | Jody Rallah | Annette An-Jen Liu

Dean Cross | Ray Chan See Kwong | Jody Rallah | Wen-Hsi Harman | Ruth Ju-shih LI

Drawn by stones is a touring exhibition that brings together artists who utilise the ceramic medium to interrogate contested histories, stolen land, Indigenous sovereignty, and national identity. Exhibiting artists from Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan investigate ‘nationhood’ and ownership through ceramics and demonstrate how the ceramic form can both memorialise and tell alternative histories.

Taking its title from Marvin Bell’s 1984 poem Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things That Have Been in the Fire, this exhibition recognises that the foundations of ceramic practice lie in the earth – and through the work of exhibiting artists, aims to expand the relevance of ceramic histories, dialogues and interrogations of land, place, sovereignty and ownership across Asia and Australia.

Drawn by stones is a 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art touring project. The exhibition and associated programming are supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Image: Ray Chan See Kwong, NEW RE NEW, 2018. Photo: Christian Capurro.