Winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award, Sue Flavell’s ‘Shimmer’ was cast in bronze and made its way from Perth to Fremantle in preparation for the 2017 show, where the the celebrated West Australian artist revealed another insight into her imaginative world.
With a keen interest in the subconscious and the mythological, much of her work draws on animal forms and symbols. The practice of placing sculptures in tombs, or on display on the mantelpiece, is a key factor in her choice to use clay. Working in ceramics, she says, is also like a present to yourself – the materials are transformed and you never know what you will get. There is a richness to the material, which offers endless possibilities.
In an interesting contrast to the idea of clay objects as luxury items, Flavell also incorporates kitsch elements found at op shops, swap meets, or on the street. The play of materials, forms and associations leads to new things, as if brought up from the subconscious. This is a contemporary practice with threads reaching out into time and space.
Featured WorkFoaming Star
- Year: 2019
- Materials: Ceramics and found materials
- Size: Dimensions variable
- Price: POA
'Foaming Star' is the sixth work in a project called “The Horn of The Moon” (a collection of 13 Goddesses). The goddesses explore ideas of the sacred, of taste, of the poetic and the unconscious, found materials and environmental issues.