Banksia Serata bowl and basin
midfired ceramic ware (1200 degrees) with porcelaine slip
22 x 22 x 22 (bowl) 36 x 12 x 30cm (basin)
$3,200 (individual pricing on enquiry)
In making ceramics, I am primarily interested in creating a surface for painting. The vessels are hand built and deliberately up-scaled to draw attention to the importance of every day objects, as well as provide a decent painting canvas. The forms are based on early colonial enamel water jugs and basins, signifying my sense of history as a non indigenous Australian. The decoration is informed by research into the history of botanical illustration, and many hours painting plant specimens in the field. Mostly however, the decoration symbolises my reverence for the Australian natural environment. This series depicts the Banksia Serata woodlands along the Victorian coastline. The forrest floor is filled with heath and grasses, hosting an abundant bird and insect life, which I aim to capture in these works.
Fiona is represented by Gallery Smith, Melbourne.
Photograph by Cristopher Sanders