Mutated Hive Collection
Mutated Hive Collection
Mutated Hive Collection

Mutated Hive Collection

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From the exhibition Beeing.

Year: 2022

Materials: Bone China, Glass, Glaze, Porcelain.


Mutated Hive I - 115 x 90 x 110 mm

Mutated Hive II - 120 x 170 x 120 mm

Mutated Hive III - 70 x 140 x 130 mm

About the Maker: 

Mahala Hill is a contemporary ceramic artist based in regional NSW, striving to push both the limits and the pre-conceived notions of her medium. Hill’s practice is discursive in nature, material exploration leads to ideas, extends her conceptual intent and brings to the foreground further questions or conundrums for exploration. Recently Mahala has been exploring curiosity, wonder, beauty, death, the apocalypse and how by using these motifs she can raise awareness of pressing environmental issues.

Hill’s practice has been centred around the process of the ‘burn out’. A ‘burn out’ is the remnant shell-like form that emerges from inside a layer of liquid clay after the combustible organic plant material has incinerated. The residual matter is a ghostly, shell-like phantom form or ‘burnt out’ spectre, simultaneously evoking traces of a life and a loss. This process of directly creating a brittle clay form from transformed organic matter is a crucial element underpinning Hill’s exploration of what has happened and what is currently happening to the environment.

Mahala has exhibited widely within Australia in both group and solo settings. Her work is held in several public collections including City of Townsville Art Collection, Macquarie Group Collection, The ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection and private collections within Australia and Singapore. In 2020 Mahala was awarded City of Townsville Art Collection Award and the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize.

Available for shipment or collection from 6 September 2022.

Photos: Alicia Cox