2017 has been an busy year of a new studio location, exhibitions, private commissions and collaborations with amazing stores across Australia. Below are details of highlighted projects during 2017.
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Exhibition title The White Room
Curator Sean Morris
Participating artists Natalie Rosin, Avi Amesbury, Tony Bond, Somchai Charoen, Lynda Draper, Merran Esson, Danica Firulovic, Vicki Grima, Shaun Hayes, Ingrid , Ruth Ju-Shih Li, Bronwyn Kemp, Chantal Labbe, Machico Motoi, Cherie Peyton, Simon Reece and Jo Wood.
Date 1 - 25 March 2017
Location Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst (Sydney)
"The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth - it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true” - Baudrillard 1988
I’m experiencing an existential crisis. What if our world were a simulation, our creator a far more intelligent human? When technology grows to a point of sophistication where we can perform our own simulated world to observe. Does this new world we’ve birthed develop and reach a stage where an additional simulated environment is created? Generations of simulations, how are we the exception?
Maybe a more important question is: does being a simulation matter? Should we rather abandon truth to focus on meaning?
‘Simulacrum in white’ aims to present a ceramic simulation of my own creation, a white ceramic world. At times there are models of buildings we recognise from our own built environment. How do we distinguish between artefact and simulacrum? Is that question a concern anymore? What if the building is the model, while the sculpture is the architectural conclusion?
InsideOut magazine has featured the ceramic + brass tapestry wall hanging designed and handmade by myself. Visit their page below for more information about this piece and the beautiful wall art surrounding created by fellow Australian artists. To purchase this piece, visit my online store page included below.
'Houses' sculpture series available exclusive to Jardan. (Photo by: Jardan Furniture)
'Houses' are a series of ceramic architectural sculptures available exclusive to Jardan Furniture. The range are strongly influenced by Australian residential architecture, referencing the design of Rose Seidler House, Buhrich House, Heide II, Featherston House and McCraith House.
Visit the Jardan Furniture website here for more information.
A short video discussing my ceramic practice produced by the Australian Design Centre,
This film was created for Clay Intersections, an exhibition featuring myself and 7 other extraordinary ceramic artists. Click here to view additional videos featuring Bridget Bodenham, Cone 11's Colin Hopkins and Ilona Topolcsanyi, Helen Earl, Tania Rollond, Ulrica Trulsson and Kenji Uranishi
Stilted #4 (2016), ceramic stoneware
Clay Intersections is a group exhibition curated by Catherine Fogarty and features myself along with the talented Kenji Uranishi, Tania Rollond, Bridget Bodenham, Helen Earl, Ulrica Trulsson, Colin Hopkins and Ilona Topolcsanyi. The show explores the different backgrounds and approaches Australian designers/artists from across Australia work with the clay medium.
The pieces I've included in "Clay Intersections" are guided by my practice of thinking with the hand and sketching with clay. The philosophy that all ideas are borrowed, nothing is original or new but rather invisible is a key ideology of my practice. Architectural intelligence, awareness and spatial fluency are intrinsic, subconscious traits appreciated by all.
By modelling built forms with clay rather than traditional architectural modelling mediums, I attempt to uncover artefacts aimed to reveal previously invisible spatial concepts. By offering sculptures of existing buildings and imaginary structures, my practice seeks to introduce the audience to a series of shelters.
The exhibition is open from 28 July - 21 September 2016 at the Australian Design Centre on William Street, Darlinghurst. Visit their website here for more information.
Opening night is Thursday 28th July 6-8pm. Register here to attend.
border control (2016), stoneware, included in Maquette, Ustka, Poland.
“Maquette” is an installation guided by the concept of sketching with clay, thinking with the hand and using ceramics as a tool for design and architectural thought. During my residency at the Centre for Creative Activities, I explored and studied the local architecture in Ustka and neighbouring Słupsk. The exhibition is a collection of sculptural ceramic maquettes influenced by these built forms. This exploration involves a search for new architectural understanding, attempting to reveal invisible architectural forms and uncover unrecognised spatial concepts.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Natalie has been awarded a Development Grant for the duration of this artist in residency program at the Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej.
Natalie Rosin timelapse carving into clay
This video features a glimpse of my artistic process when creating sculptures through carving into clay.
In this piece, my goal was to highlight the often intricate patterns formed through the timber framed buildings found in Ustka, Poland where I'm located during my artist residency.
Heavily influenced by the former German occupancy, these buildings in the town offer stark white and brown facades and are often very graphic and bold along the city streets.
Photo: external view of the Centre for Creative Activies in Ustka, Poland.
Photo: external view of building at fishing dock in Ustka, Poland.
For the first week of my artist residency in Ustka I spent a lot of time photographing the local architecture. The town is filled with interesting buildings, many immediate contrasts between residential, commercial and industrial structures.
The first image is the Centre for Creative Activities which is hosting me during this residency. It is a impressive building with beautiful original timber structure internally and red brick exteriors.
The image below this features an example of the industrial buildings found within walking distance. Both structures share a view of the Baltic Sea and are part of the Ustka urban landscape.
Very honoured to announce my Australian Council Development Grant has been accepted. This grant will help fund my current artist-in-residence position at The Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Ustka, Poland.
Thank-you Australian Council for this opportunity and support of my artist practice. I encourage any Australian creatives with future project ideas to apply for the next round of grants here.