Cerebral Reef

2012

alana, wilson, artist, ceramics, sydney, australia, national art school
alana wilson, artist, ceramics, sydney, australia, national art school
Cerebral Reef (detail)
Cerebral Reef (detail)

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed reactive slips and glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Cerebral Reef (detail)
Cerebral Reef (detail)

Porcelain paperclay with chrome and titanium reactive slips and glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Dusk
Dusk

Porcelain paperclay with mixed reactive slips and stoneware glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Dusk (detail)
Dusk (detail)

Porcelain paperclay with mixed reactive slips and stoneware glazes.

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Oasis
Oasis

Porcelain paperclay with mixed reactive slip and glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Composure I & II
Composure I & II

Porcelain paperclay with mixed reactive slips and stoneware glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Aurah
Aurah

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and titanium and tin glaze. 24 x 21 x 21cm

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Azure
Azure

Porcelain paperclay with reactive chrome slip and tin stoneware glaze. 30 x 23 x 23cm

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alana wilson, artist, ceramics, sydney, australia, national art school
alana wilson, artist, ceramics, sydney, australia, national art school
Echelon II
Echelon II

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed reactive slips and glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Mirage II
Mirage II

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and titanium stoneware glaze. 10 x 12 x 12cm

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Echelon, Aurah, Mirage II
Echelon, Aurah, Mirage II
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Last Resort
Last Resort

Porcelain and terracotta paperclay with mixed reactive slips and glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Last Resort (detail)
Last Resort (detail)

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and chrome stoneware glaze. 10 x 12 x 12cm

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Last Resort (detail)
Last Resort (detail)

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware glaze. 8 x 12 x 12cm

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Last Resort (detail)
Last Resort (detail)

Terracotta paperclay with reactive slip and tin stoneware glaze. 9 x 12 x 12cm

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Last Resort (detail)
Last Resort (detail)

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and tin stoneware glaze. 8 x 12 x 12cm

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Teabowl I & II
Teabowl I & II

Raw-fired terracotta paperclay with mixed reactive slips and earthenware glazes. Dimensions variable.

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Teabowl III
Teabowl III

Terracotta paperclay with titanium and cobalt slips and earthenware glaze. 7 x 7 x 7cm

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Teabowl IV
Teabowl IV

Terracotta paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware glaze. 6 x 7 x 7cm

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Dusk (detail)
Dusk (detail)

Porcelain paperclay with reactive slip and stoneware glaze.

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Cerebral Reef

 

Cerebral Reef is an exploration of the relationship between primitive ceramics and a contemporary cleanliness, through surface quality, colour and scale; simultaneously evolving a contemporary visual language and outlining aesthetic ideals of the artist early on in her career.

 

Cerebral Reef seeks to simultaneously create a boundary and form a harmonious unity between primitive and contemporary aesthetics. The title alludes to the extensive research, experimentation and creation of surface textures that lend themselves to ideas of decay, history, and time. In contrast to this, the works have been exhibited against stark and clean materials, forming compositions of order and uniformity not only to encourage a contemporary context but also to bring light to the contemporary ceramic technology involved in the development of the surfaces. 

 

 

Many forms reference prehistoric Colombian vessels from 1500-1000AD, evident in the closed symmetrical configurations with rounded or un-defined bases. The body and surface together combine elements of primitive, utilitarian vessels with biomorphic, futuristic silhouettes. 

 

Theoretically, many ideas explored in the works allude to the way in which the viewer connects to the vessels both physically and emotionally. The space between the artwork and the viewer and the translation and transmutation of the artists visual language were thoroughly researched and considered with this body of work. "The ideal only exists in the brain, and it has no existence without the brain. "Art furnishes us with the things themselves, but out of the inner life of the mind."