The epic flight of the Arctic Tern 2 plates
Artist: Shannon Garson
Artist Location: Maleny
Medium: Porcelain, oxides, glaze, underglaze, 2017
Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 4
My aim is to explore ceramics and life through the synthesis of surface decoration and form. Through these pots I strive to connect the visible world , plants and the environment with the intangible and the mysterious. I began this work when working towards an exhibition in the U.S, thinking about the Australian artists travelling so far with a load of pots carrying our ideas to a foreign shore. This led me to the epic migration of the Artic Tern that flies 40 000 kilometres between the Arctic and the Antarctic every year. The vessels I made for this exhibition use drawings and paintings of the Arctic Tern, abstractions of meteorological and topographic maps and details of shoreline habitat to capture the endless blue and white distance of the open ocean, the fascination of new lands and the relief of seeing the shoreline, a destination, however temporary.
Photographer: Shannon Garson