Biography

Alana Wilson's ceramics seem to have been created by the sedimentation of time. Their simple shapes and rough surfaces evoke the ruins of yesterday's world. They had survived the cataclysms of human history and, both fragile and powerful, are seeking their path in the world of today and tomorrow.

Reminiscent of the fossils that one often finds by chance, each piece is a unique ecosystem with its own subtle balance of shape, texture and colour. For the Australian artist, the inherent qualities of the raw material are always the starting point to explore the sculptural potential of the object. The primary function of the container is never directly affirmed, maintaining a metaphorical use of form and material. The patent hand marks suggest a form of continuity with the long history of ceramic practices. Behind the apparent neutrality of these objects lies an embodied vision of the links between humans and their environment.

"My work seeks to harmonise utilitarianism, technical glaze experimentation, and conceptual intimations which I am consistently investigating. While most works are essentially contemplative, the ode to traditional form seeks to honour the nobility of the vessel and it's foremost function alongside an inherent respect of ceramics as a medium. Subtle surface destructions with experimental glazing and firing techniques are my major focus in the studio. Firing to 1260ºC allows the metamorphosis of surface degradation to be captured, appearing to exist in a state of motion and decay, even once cooled. These quiet meditations into the beauty of the decayed utilitarian attempt to captivate and impel the viewer beyond the physicality and functionality of the works."

Alana Wilson

2019

photograph by Trish Chong

ALANA WILSON

    b. 1989    Canberra, Australia
    Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

EDUCATION
    2009-11  Bachelor of Fine Art (Ceramics), National Art School, Sydney

    2012        Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), National Art School, Sydney

SOLO & DUO EXHIBITIONS

    2021*       (*forthcoming Summer 2021) Potter's House, Mallorca, Spain

    2020*       (*forthcoming July 2020) Gallery Crossing, Minokamo, Japan

    2019        Vernissage - Undercover Brutalisme, Castor Fleuriste, Paris, France

    2018        Brut. Med., Wedge Gallery at Kinokuniya, Sydney, Australia

    2018        Ode, Gallery Crossing, Minokamo, Japan
    2018        Surface Revisions, with Anna Varendorff, JamFactory, Adelaide, Australia
    2018        Six Pacific II, Studio Exhibition, Sydney, Australia
    2017        Summer Salon: Illuminations with Ryder Jones, Muck, Auckland, NZ

    2017        T with Romy Northover, Floating Mountain, New York City, USA

    2017        Brutalist Meditations, Lee Mathews, Paddington, Australia
    2015        Conditional Archaeology, Mr Kitly, Melbourne, Australia
    2015        Compositions (for L.A), Jasmin Shokrian Atelier, Los Angeles, USA

    2015        Ode / Pavilion II, Branch 3D, Sydney, Australia
    2014        Ode / Pavilion, Chinaclay, Sydney, Australia
    2013        Lux, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2020         (Three Artists, Forms, Colours), Reading Room, Melbourne, Australia

    2020        主題 Unframed, Kogei-Seika Fair, Tokyo, Japan

    2019         Russh 15th Anniversary Exhibition, Vicki Lee Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    2019         Installation for Her. Magazine, Lillt, Nagoya, Japan

    2019         T-SITE for Her. Magazine, TSUTAYA Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan

    2019         Manifest, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart, Australia

    2019         Object & Thing, 99 Scott, Brooklyn, NYC, USA

    2019         Gippsland Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Arc Gallery, Yinnar VIC, Australia

    2019        The Supply Chain, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

    2018        Port Hacking 50th Anniversary Pottery Competition, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    2018        Atelier by Régime Des Fleurs, RdF Atelier, Los Angeles, USA
    2017        Archive by Régime Des Fleurs, Field & Forest, Chicago, USA
    2017        Purity / 3017, Meet My Project, Via Galerie, Paris, France
    2017        Cold Comforts, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    2016        Lilies Of Forgiveness, C.Nichols Project, Los Angeles, USA
    2016        House Of Voltaire, Studio Voltaire, London, UK
    2016        Clay, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    2016        Pot Plant, London Design Festival, London, UK
    2016        Six Young Artists, Walcha Gallery, Walcha, Australia
    2016        Perfect Imperfect, Nishi Gallery, Canberra, Australia
    2016        Return To Beauty, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
    2015        LAXART 10 Year Anniversary Benefit, Los Angeles, USA
    2015        Cups... Runneth Over, Chinaclay, Sydney, Australia
    2015        Select Works, KFA Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    2015        Terra Australis, Home@735 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    2015        Turn Turn Turn, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    2015        Select Works, Walcha Gallery, Walcha, Australia
    2015        Collection (Primavera Composition), Chinaclay, Sydney, Australia
    2014        Untitled Group Show (Aquatherapie), @735 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    2013        Light & Lightness, IV Asna Clay Triennial, VM Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

COLLABORATIONS & COMMISSIONS

    2019        Epokhe collaborative works

    2019        Merivale Coogee Middle (Mimi's) collaborative vessels

    2019        Albus Lumen SIGNUM & CASA collaborative collections
    2018        Lee Mathews store, interior sculptures & spatial elements, Brisbane, Australia

    2018        Interior table for AP Design House, Sydney/Brisbane, Australia
    2017        Christopher Esber SS18, fossilised shards & brooches, NYFW
    2017        Lee Mathews For MBFWA, Brutalist Meditations installation
    2016-17  Vessels For Alien: Covenant by Ridley Scott for Fox Australia
    2016        Régime Des Fleurs, Lilies Of Forgiveness, Los Angeles
    2016        Aria Restaurant Sydney, permanent interior installation
    2016        Lee Mathews commissioned drawing, For LM Paris showroom, Paris, France

    2016        Chard International & Tennis Australia, For 2016 Australian Tennis Open

    2015        Paloma Wool, for The Vase Project, Collection No. 5, Spain
    2015        Vessels photographed for Still by Felix Forest & Claire Delmar
    2015        Georgia Alice, for Flowers SS16 Collection
    2014        Georgia Alice, for Battenberg AW14 Collection

GRANTS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

    2021*      (*forthcoming Summer 2021) Potter's House, Mallorca, Spain

    2019        Northern Beaches Council Art Prize (finalist)

    2019        Gippsland Sculpture Prize (dual finalist)

    2018        Port Hacking 50th Anniversary Pottery Competition (finalist)

    2018        Lethebridge 10000 Award (finalist)
    2014        Australia Council Artstart Grant Recipient

    2013-14  UNSW ARC Ceramic Residency
    2011        Sabbia Award (NAS)

PUBLICATIONS

    2018        Brut. Med., zine poster book, self published
    2017        Urban Potters - Makers In The City, Ludion (Belgium & Worldwide)
    2016        Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans, Thames & Hudson (Australia & Worldwide)

    2015        Six Pacific, Exhibition Catalogue, self published

CATALOGUES & JOURNALS

    2020        Profile - Design Anthology (Aus)

    2020        Editorial - Cereal, Vogue Living, Harpers Bazaar, Robb Report (US)

    2019        Profile - T Magazine (New York Times), HomeStyle Magazine (NZ)

    2019        Editorial - Belle, Vogue Brides, Vogue Living, Vogue, House & Garden, InStyle, Russh
    2018        Profile - RIKA, Jane by The Grey Attic, Wanted, Her.
    2018        Editiorial - AD France, Evening Standard London, Wall Street Journal - WSJ Offduty Magazine, Belle, Vogue            Living, Harpers Bazzar, InStyle
    2017        Profile  - T magazine (New York Times & International Herald Tribune magazine)
    2017        Editorial - T magazine (NYT, IHT), Vogue Living, Harpers Bazaar Aus, Elle, Habitus, InStyle, Country Style,                                 Inside Out, Dezeen, Grazia, Anniversary, Belle
    2016        Profile - Inprint Magazine
    2016        Editorial - M Magazine le Monde (France), Inprint, Vogue Living, Belle, Inside Out, House & Garden
    2015        Art Almanac, November Issue
    2014        Journal Of Australian Ceramics Volume 53/2 (Emerging Artists Issue)
    2013        Journal Of Australian Ceramics Volume 52 (Education Issue)
    2012        Journal Of Australian Ceramics Volume 51/2 (Education Issue)

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