Curious about motion and energy, artist Juz Kitson sculpts supple vessels that harness the vigorous qualities of Earth’s landscapes. Densely full of items mimicking plants, fungi, moss, coral, and different organisms, the shapely works “really feel like they’re pulsating, giving inanimate subject matter a spark of existence,” Kitson tells Colossal. Medium and material each nod to the herbal technique of regeneration and rebirth, with the “malleable, composite of Earth, water, and hearth inherently (wearing) the imprint of reminiscence.”
After a few years of an itinerant follow that allowed her to commute regularly, Kitson settled in Milton, New South Wales, firstly of the pandemic. Given mass uncertainty and closed borders, she concurrently needed to shutter the studio she occupied for just about a decade in Jingdezhen, China. A lot of her paintings displays a mélange of those two environments.
Regularly sculpted from Jingdezhen porcelain, the vessels are topographic and evoke the rugged coastlines and bush of the artist’s local Australia along the mountains and luxurious jungles of East Asia. “I’ve a deep fascination and a focus to element, continuously gazing, exploring, strolling thru landscapes and developing visible thoughts maps of surfaces, layers, crevices, and ample metamorphic paperwork that can later feed into the works I make,” she says.
Regularly monochromatic, lots of the sculptures are glazed in a transparent coat, blush, or black. The latter, particularly on Kitson’s urn-like vessels, without delay connects to the charred stays of Australia’s bush following the disastrous fires of 2019. On the time, the artist had simply bought her area and studio, which she refused to desert regardless of mass evacuations. She stocks:
I had simply purchased my first house, and right here I used to be, status protective it by way of drenching it with a hose, watering my area and soon-to-be studio to offer protection to it from the flames that have been best 3 kilometers away…(I began) a sequence of funerary urns as a lament for the summer season wildfires that devastated the panorama and has observed a area nonetheless mourning the lack of plants, properties, animals, and lives misplaced through which the pandemic overshadowed.
When you’re in Australia, there are a number of alternatives to view Kitson’s works in particular person, together with a July solo exhibition at Sophie Gannon Gallery in Richmond, Victoria, and crew presentations at Craft Victoria opening in Would possibly, Hazelhurst Arts Centre in July, and Sydney Fresh Artwork Honest in September. You’ll additionally to find extra on her web page and Instagram.
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