Artist

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by contrasts, in both the physical and the intangible realms.  Hard or soft, ephemeral or permanent, transparent or solid, rough or smooth. This has brought me to working with porcelain, which is malleable (in its raw form), yet when fired, is rigid and incredibly fragile. It can be translucent or opaque, and in its translucent state, seems to glow with an inner life.

Merino wool is the opposite of porcelain: you cannot see through it, yet it is totally permeable and despite being almost weightless and soft, it can be moulded into strong forms.

In 2017 I have been focusing on works that combine these two very diverse materials.

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Gillian was born in Zvishavane, a small rural town in Zimbabwe.  She grew up immersed in the African bush, surrounded Shona sculpture and African art.  Her schooling in Harare, Zimbabwe was followed by University in Cape Town, South Africa.  In 1999, she emigrated to Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children.  She left the corporate world a few years ago in pursuit of a life as an artist.

 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

 

2017   Winner – First prize in the Craft NSW Emerging Artist Award 2017

2017   Finalist in the Blacktown City Art Prize

2017   Finalist in the Gosford Ceramic Prize

2016   Finalist in the Tom Bass Sculpture Prize

2016   Finalist in the Gosford Ceeramic Prize

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017   Blacktown City Art Prize (finalist), Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown, NSW

2017   Northern Beaches TAFE Annual Exhibition, Brookvale, NSW (upcoming)

2017   Art Hop, Dover Heights, NSW (upcoming)

2017   Four Elements, Air, Creative Space, North Curl Curl NSW (upcoming)

2017   Gosford Ceramic Prize (finalist), Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW

2017   St Cloche Little Things, Paddington, NSW

2017   ABC Exhibition, Bnei Brith, UNSW Campus Barker St, NSW

2017   Craft NSW Emerging Artist Award (Major prize winner), The Rocks, NSW

2017   Clay: Where We Come From, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi, NSW

 

2016    Northern Beaches TAFE Annual Exhibition, Brookvale, NSW

2016    Port Hacking National Pottery Competition, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, NSW

2016    Gosford Ceramic Prize (finalist), Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW

2016    Artbeat, Moriah College, Sydney, NSW

2016    Tikkun Olam: My Place + Your Place =  A Better Place; Waverley Library Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2016    Inaugural Tom Bass Sculpture Prize: Finalists’ Exhibition; Juniper Hall, Paddington, Sydney

 

2015    National Art School Graduate Exhibition 2015, presented by Saatchi and Saatchi, National Art School, Sydney, NSW.  Works in both sculpture and drawing exhibitions.

2015    De-form, Group Exhibition, Stairwell Gallery, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2015    East of Eden, Bnei Brith, Yurong St, Sydney, NSW

 

2014    Second Year Sculpture, Group Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2014    East of Eden, Bnei Brith, Yurong St, Sydney, NSW

 

2013    First Year Photography Exhibition of Selected Works, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

 

2012    Waverley Woollahra Art Centre Student Exhibition, Bondi, NSW

Tertiary Education (selected)

 

2015    Graduated from National Art School, Sydney, Australia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture)

1985    Graduated fromUniversity of Cape Town, South Africa, with a Bachelor of Business Science (majors: Marketing and Economics; graduated with Marketing Honours)

 

Other Education (selected)

 

2016-2017    (Current) Diploma of Ceramics, Northern Beaches TAFE (Brookvale Campus), Sydney