Art and ceramics studio 

63 Wilkins Street, Mawson ACT

Media Release -  9 September, 2005

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Acrylics and porcelain explore dual faces of nature 

In “Duality” at Mawson Gallery, ceramic artist Susan Harper and painter Kerry Shepherdson explore the opposite faces of nature – what nature reveals overtly and what lies behind its patterns.

Harper uses “cool ice” porcelain to express overt forms of nature, mainly the stately ghost and snow gums she sees on the hill behind her studio.

Through her vibrant acrylic paintings Shepherdson looks to the metaphors nature suggests.   

“I strive to suggest a peaceful sense of balance and harmony expressing the inevitable passage of time, growth and renewal in nature.  

“I am concerned with the timeless continuity of life, outside the universal chaos of the world we live in,” Shepherdson said.

Harper’s porcelain pottery reflects the twisting tree trunks of her favoured gums. She sometimes photographs the trees and then screen prints the images onto her bowls, cups and plates.  Her work is meant to be used, not just admired.

Harper has studied ceramics at the ANU, Bega TAFE and CIT Canberra. Shepherdson is an honours graduate of  the ANU School of Art.

Mawson Gallery also displays work by owner and ceramic artist Monika Leone.  

“Duality” begins at MAWSON GALLERY, 63 Wilkins Street, Mawson on 14 September and runs until 9 October.  Opening hours are 10.30am – 5.30pm Wednesday to Sunday. Or by appointment anytime.  Phone 6161 2177,  mobile 0438 473 902. 

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