Noticing and quietly commemorating the smaller moments and the everyday ordinariness of life continues to be a preoccupation in my work. Metaphors for half full and half empty are never far from my mind as the banal objects we know intimately undergo a material transformation - an ordinary alchemy of sorts. The careful transmutation of unremarkable and democratic, domestic objects into sculptures that belie their materiality and purpose. Working primarily in porcelain, I harness the mimetic qualities inherent in clay through the magic of slip casting. The works playfully interact with ideas of liquid made solid. The porcelain casts echo the original objects; the liquid slip turns solid forming a skin, and becomes a precise memory of a past form. A ghost.
Courtesy of Sabbia Gallery
Honor Freeman is an Adelaide based artist whose practice reveals a careful observation of the ordinariness of the everyday.
Freeman completed her studies in 2001 at the South Australian School of Art. Following graduation, she took up an associate position and later a tenant residency in the ceramics studio at JamFactory Craft & Design. Her work has been curated into major exhibitions at institutions throughout Australia, including the MCA’s Primavera 2007, TarraWarra Museum of Art, and Adelaide’s Samstag Museum. She has undertaken international residencies at Guldagergaard, Denmark’s International Ceramic Museum and in the US at Indiana University’s School of Art & Design. In 2006 Freeman travelled to Chile to exhibit and participate in the The South Project, continuing her project on/off/on, installing porcelain light switches and powerpoints clandestinely in public spaces.
Freeman has been exhibiting since 2000 and her work is held in numerous public collections including the NGV, Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank and Washington DC’s National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her works feature in the publication 101 Contemporary Australian Artists, published by the NGV. Most recently she has been invited to undertake the Guildhouse Collections Project at the Art Gallery of South Australia, the outcome of this residency will be exhibited in 2019.
porcelain, silver lustre, metal handle
18 x 20 x 20 cm
Judges of the 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Michael Lynch AO CBE (Australian Arts administrator, former Director of Sydney Opera House and former CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong) and Amanda Love (Director Loveart, independent Art Advisory).
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