All the teapots in China

TWO Fremantle artists have been invited to join one of the world’s most prestigious teapot exhibitions.

Next month J Shed ceramic artist Jenny Dawson and indigenous artist Sandra Black will have works in the Degas Art Space in Shanghai, China for the last of a series of exhibitions that have marked the Chinese zodiac.

Following the exhibition, Dawson will be undertaking a four-week residency in an ancient porcelain factory in Jingdezhen, a town renowned for its pottery for 1700 years.

Best known recently for her large-scale public artworks which include a collaboration with Black at Elizabeth Quay, Dawson has continued producing limited edition artworks in slip cast earthenware and hand-made cubist style vessels.

• Ceramic artist Jenny Dawson’s off to China for one of the world’s most prestigious teapot exhibitions. Photo by Peter Zuvela

Whimsy

The Chook wasn’t allowed to photograph the teapots heading for China because of the exhibition’s strict protocols, but they exhibit the artist’s love for illusion and whimsy.

It’s been a busy period for artists at the J Shed recently, with sculptor Jina Lee recently having one of her pieces installed in an Albanian park while there on an international stone sculpture symposium.

There was little time to unpack her bags after that trip, though, as she was also selected to participate in another international symposium in New Zealand which gave visitors the chance to work with the New Plymouth’s volcanic andesite boulders.

Lee works from well-known local sculptor Greg James’s studio, which this week has been hosting American artist Jason Arkles, who’s been holding a five-day intensive course in modelling portraits in clay from life.

Up in the J Shed’s Unit 4, artists Rachel Doller has taken the plunge for her first solo show, Content: I Made This Stuff.

• Rachel Doller builds up her images with fragments of photos from Fremantle and colourful shapes and textures. Photo by Steve Grant

Doller’s career as a graphic designer shines through in her bold collages, which feature bright colours, shapes and textures.

Doller says her works are extremely experimental, starting with a key piece such as a colour combination or a texture and then trying various combinations until the right composition finally arrives.

She says that leads to plenty of refuse on the cutting room floor, but has challenged her perceptions about what looks good, and what sucks, on canvas.

Doller uses images cut from her own photographs, which are taken around Fremantle and she says these fleeting pieces of the city help to ground her, and she finds herself drawn to them each time she returns from travel.

Content: I Made This Stuff is showing at Unit 4 on Fleet Street from this weekend until April 15.

by STEVE GRANT

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