To achieve a dynamic quality in metal Benjamin spent years researching techniques to form sheet metal into surfaces of negative, anticlastic curvature. Achieving this in steel relies on a sensitive manual control of specialised machinery as well as traditional hammering techniques, which gives Benjamin’s work a unique tactile quality. While casting might be an option, the sheet metal process leaves a visible, tangible trace of the inherent tensile forces and thus reflects the intention behind the work. Some pieces more literally embody mathematical principles associated with topology, dynamical systems and surface curvature while others are the artists impressions of some of these systems.
Benjamin has an extensive client base and exhibition track record internationally. Recent projects include a number of commissions for hotels such as The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong and the Shangri-la at The Shard in London. Alongside these he has been making work for exhibition at Sculpture by the Sea, the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Brenda May Gallery.
John Meade’s work is held in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Monash University Collection and the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
John is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.
Kris has exhibited in over 60 exhibitions including the third World Ceramic Biennale in Korea, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Manly Museum and Art Gallery and Craft Victoria. Her work has featured in many magazines and journals including Ceramics Art and Perception International, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly USA, Hand Made in Melbourne, Donna Hay, Vogue Living, Vogue Entertaining and Travel and Gourmet USA.Her work has been acquired for public collections including Icheon World Ceramic Centre (Korea), Parliament House (Canberra), Shepparton Art Gallery, Manly Museum and Art Gallery as well as private collections in Australia and overseas.
“My artwork is about a dialogue between the metaphysical and the physical, or in other words between myself and the world; it is my contribution to the universe. My work is created through observations of the external world, translated through my perspective and interpretations, made into original and physical concepts. I find nature to be the most inspiring ceramic artist in the universe. Rocks, stones, fossils; all made by nature. I take inspiration from these sources
Most recently I have been drawing inspiration from Coral which can be seen in my two collections; Coral Consciousness and Coral Coincidence.”
Michal Anela – Ceramics Studio Resident
In the fabrication of her sculptures she uses a vast variety of materials from bronze to industrial/mechanical components and from photographs to packaging material. She like to misappropriate everyday functional objects and put them into a new context and an aesthetic, creative realm that is challenging to her and the viewer.
More than wishing to supply answers, she wants to pose questions. She would like to inspire the viewers to have their own thoughts on the universe, our relationship with it and human nature.
Ted has lived and painted in major cities around the world, but it is his adopted hometown of Melbourne and the interior of Australia that are major themes in his work. His large vibrant landscapes/cityscapes painted in oil or acrylic on canvas weave cartography, geography, topography, art and history together and embody a particular way of seeing and thinking about place.
Small-scale works in pencil, crayon, charcoal, watercolour and gouache paint on paper and in concertina sketchbooks pick out details of local interest at street level. Installation, portraiture and limited edition prints on paper using traditional printmaking techniques are included in his oeuvre.
Ted has participated in over thirty solo and group exhibitions. His work is held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the State Library of Victoria and City of Port Phillip collections.
Ursula has also been an Artist in Residence at the Brighton University School of Health Professions (UK) and at a number of schools in Australia. In 2007 she was invited to participate in a conference and exhibition at the University of East London (UK).
Although her work is often abstract and vibrant, Ursula’s involvement with so many varied and interesting projects constantly informs her work and leads her to develop in new and exciting directions.
He applies the insights and approaches gathered from over a decade of carving timber to resin, clay and 3D printing in order to extend and evolve his investigation and captivation of flow in form. Much like the natural processes that forge the landscapes around us his process is iterative, continually working the elements and convergences of a piece until they settle comfortably into place, blending and synchronising into a convincing sense of flow.
Scott believes people are intrinsically connected to flow. As eyes and hands trace the ridges, valleys and open plains of a sculpture their hearts and minds are drawn into a kinesthetic engagement that fosters a deeper more lasting experience with the work. For this reason Scott believes sculpture is a medium that should be enjoyed both visually and physically, that touch is an important element of its appreciation.
Wen first exhibited as a teenager as part of a Gasworks youth art competition. Since then, she has studied philosophy and art history at university, as well as law, chemistry, and most recently mathematics. Wen has found that an art practice is the most rewarding way to synthesise such diverse interests, and now exhibits in various galleries in Melbourne and its suburbs. In 2015 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at RMIT University.