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1. Somnambulism, detail, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum

 


2. Somnambulism, detail, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum

 


3. Somnambulism, detail, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum

 


4. Somnambulism, detail, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum

 


5. Winter, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum
Photo: Robin Hearfield

 


6. Sage, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum
Photo: Robin Hearfield

 


7. Spring, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum
Photo: Robin Hearfield

 


8. Portrait, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum
Photo: Robin Hearfield

 


9. Portrait ll, 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award,
SAM Shepparton Art Museum
Photo: Robin Hearfield

 

The series of sculptures Somnambulism created for the 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award at Shepparton Art Museum SAM evolved from my recent experience at a residency located in Versailles supported by Lefebvre & Fils Galerie in Paris, France. The research and inspiration for these sculptures emerged from daily walks and contemplations of the wintery parklands, gardens and decorative phenomena of the Palace of Versailles.

This surreal, strangely familiar haunting landscape prompted me to consider my European heritage and question the complex character of early European cultural settlement within the Australian natural landscape. I have become aware of how on a subconscious level my world view and art practice has been informed by being raised on European rituals, history , myths and legends. Tales of kings, queens , princes & princesses , dark forests and wintery Christmas's so alien to the Australian environment. These sculptures evolved from a state of reverie shaped by fragmented images of my new environment : wintery forests, topiary, white marble, covered statues, faces on urns, ironwork, confectionary and ghosts from the past.