Transference artist biographies and statements
Robyn Campbell is a Canberra-based artist who uses ceramics and glass within her practice. Since Graduating from the Australian National University Glass Workshop in 1993, Campbell has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has received various awards and commissions.
‘Transference’ is the result of a collaboration in learning, teaching, experimentation and play between jo Victoria and myself.
Jo and I share a fascination with light and surface and the potential of glass and porcelain to convey a sense of fragility, the transient and the ephemeral.
In my art practice I’m interested in form and the spaces and relationships between forms, often with a sense of enclosure, containment and protection. I strive to achieve simplicity, calm and beauty in my sculptural pieces. In this new work the intangible elements of light, shadow and reflection are significant, changing the pieces as natural light and perspective shift.
My inspirations continue to be the natural world and landscape.
Jo’s encouragement over the past months helped me push forward with new work and new techniques. I see the final pieces for ‘Transference’ are a stepping off point for evolving a fresh body of work using porcelain and glass.
Jo Victoria is a ceramic artist who specialises in porcelain and is based in Mossy Point, NSW. Victoria initially worked as an anthropologist and archaeologist for many years before studying ceramics at the Australian National University School of Art. Since graduating in 2016, Victoria has created work referencing fossils and exploring stories of place.
‘My art practice explores ideas of place and focuses on the influence of living close to the ocean. Unglazed porcelain captures an essential quality of this experience. The whiteness and translucency of this material produces similar qualities to bleached bones, fossils and broken shells found on the beaches and rock platforms on the ocean’s edge. Porcelain sculptural works feel fossil like in the way that they capture the life essence of once living things in this environment.
I use light in my work to portray a sense of ephemerality. The way light interacts with the materiality of porcelain enhances ideas of fragility, strength and the influences of deep time. I have also developed a series of glassy glazes that create a sense of watery ocean light in the works. A natural extension of my practice is to introduce glass as a material that references and deepens the experience of these ideas. In these new works I aimed to mix porcelain and glass to bring another dimension to my work where light transfers, intersects and interrupts relationships between the forms to create an immersive experience to the exhibition.
The collaborative opportunity to share skills and material knowledge with glass artist, Robyn Campbell has been a luxurious and stimulating creative process that has extended both our practices beyond what individual solo shows could have achieved. Our love of the purity of glass and porcelain and their respective interactions with light have been the platform to push our art practices to new and exciting possibilities.