Artwork: Wild Things Roam
Award: 2015 Valley of the Arts Award
Medium: ceramic and glazes, 29 x 29 x 12cm

Manningham Art Collection. Image courtesy the artist.

"My practice is largely involved with the creation of individual ceramic forms that create a narrative and explore issues of identity, (dis)placement, unity and movement. I often utilize collected images and objects of our environment and popular culture to explore the persona and emotional associations with our immediate environment and memories, real and invented. I am interested in using the figure as a cultural object to project a narrative of surreal reality; a super reality.  The work is infused with symbolism and it personifies imaginary dialogues, deliberately shifting relationships while drifting in and out of an augmented reality. Different characters and personalities are captured in a fleeting moment to reveal a network of masked identities, fragmented conversations and hidden emotions. Focusing on the micro the work draws our attention to the small details which are often overlooked. This microcosm, at times humorous and bizarre, highlights the transformation and personification of such images as a means of making sense of our surroundings, our environment and ultimately ourselves. Drawing inspiration from 18th century European porcelain, the work fuses the traditional with the modern and utilizes traditional techniques that are rapidly being lost through modernization." - Irianna Kanellopoulou, 2015.