Home’s Madeleine Preston will be exhibiting new work titled ‘Emerald City’ in ‘Turn of Events’ an exhibition by Blackartprojects. Also showing will be Jeremy Blincoe and Ellie Chalmers-Robinson. The exhibition will be staged at 71 Balmain – located at 71 Balmain Street Cremorne VIC (entry via Green Street). The show opens on April 22nd and runs till May the 4th.

The individual works that comprise Emerald City began in exploring images from museum collections and auction sites. I wanted to create work that spoke about ceramic history but also of the act of creation and clays specificity. The installation images (on my website) show the forms displayed on ceramic staples including buckets, batts, turning wheels, and slip casting molds.

The colour palette is drawn from the greens, honey yellows and browns of Australian domestic ware of the 1930s and 1940s. When I first left home thrift stores were full of examples. They were a cheap alternative for many student households, and I have an affection for them as something lost from my youth. The work was glaze fired and then sandblasted to create fragile aged patinas that belied their youth allowing them to function as objects and as portraits of time passing.

Pictured are (left) Downside, 2020, Glazed Sandblasted Raku, metal, and Flag, 2020, Glazed Sandblasted Raku, metal, & concrete.