About the artist.
Avi Amesbury’s work explores the multi-layered and intricate relationships between place, experience and memory. She uses materials collected from the land, such as clay and volcanic ash, and mark making to explore her place within the Australian landscape.
1998 - 2002 BA with Honours, Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.
2000 Hong-Ik University, Exchange program, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Professional Accredited Member.
Strathnairn Arts Association Inc.
City Museum of Varazdin, Croatia.
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland.
Mayor of Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
National Institute of the Arts, Ceramics Department, Australian National University.
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra.
Private collections Australia, USA, Peoples Republic of China and Republic of Korea.
2003-2012 22nd to 28th Annual Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery.
2011 1st selection 9th International Ceramics Festival, Mino. Japan.
2009 Ceramica Multiplex 2009, City Museum of Varazdin, Croatia.
2008 1st selection, International Ceramics Festival, Mino. Japan.
Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton.
2007 Tracelines, New Craft - Future Voices, International Conference, University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Convergence: A north south dialogue, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2007, 41st Annual Conference, Indiana Southeast University, Kentucky, USA.
2015 Elements of Place, FORM Gallery, NSW.
2006 Presence of memory, Raglan Gallery, Cooma, New South Wales.
2004 A Land’s journey: an impression, Craft ACT, Canberra.
2015 Stomping Ground, ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra in association with Stepping Up: The Australian Ceramics Triennale.
2015 Surround/s, Canberra Potters' Society, Canberra in association with Stepping Up: The Australian Ceramics Triennale.
2014 Contemporary Porcelain 2014, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney.
2012 Signature, Craft ACT Gallery, Canberra.
2011 Ergon Energy Central Queensland Art Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery.
2010 Vessel, Craft ACT Gallery, Canberra, ACT.
2009 White Heat, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney.
Contemporary Porcelain, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney.
2008 Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthrope Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe.
Cowra Regional Art Gallery Exhibition, Cowra Art Gallery, Cowra.
2007 Townsville Ceramic Awards, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.
30th Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs.
2006 Impact, 11th National Ceramic Conference, Watling Galleries, Brisbane.
Colour of White, Sturt Gallery, Mittagong.
Crust, touring exhibition, Gold City Art Gallery, Queensland.
Port Hacking Potters Group, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Gymea.
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Exhibition, Stanthorpe Art Gallery, Stanthorpe.
2005 29th Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs.
Earth Water Fire, Tuggeranong Art Gallery, Canberra.
Smoke Free Zone, ANCA Gallery, Canberra in association with the Australian Wood-fire Conference.
2004 The essence of structure, Foyer Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra.
2003 Next Wave, Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney.
Alliance Française of Canberra, Canberra.
Extracts of Reviews and Writings
Elements of Place. November 2015.
As the title suggests the works in this exhibition are concerned with the expression of the artist's attraction to and relationship with the notion of place. For Amesbury, place is both macrocosm and microcosm – the former embracing the natural and man-made environment, the latter the myriads of idiosyncratic constituent details that both populate and give special significance to each place. Significance holds many connotations but for the artist it is related to her individual experience of place and how that resonates with her emotionally, philosophically, imaginatively and aesthetically. For her, any meaning of place is of course related to geographic and topographical uniqueness. However it is the combination of those real qualities with the more abstract attributes referred to above that provides the conceptual raison d'être that is given such eloquent articulation through the artist's creative imagination.
Each individual's experience of place is also closely associated with that place's history, with the present (experience) and the past (memory). The elision of experience and memory carries with it the universal and the particular, humanity and the individual. These simultaneous philosophical opposites incite a tantalizing intellectual tension that underscores the beautifully controlled visual vocabulary that is evinced throughout the works in this exhibition.
Elements of Place is an arresting body of work marked by a sophisticated approach to its subject, a subject that speaks to the individual through its recollection of place through the vestiges of memory and experience and its wider implications of personal and wider identity. The works are beautiful and their poetic impact speaks of the integrity of the mature aesthetic imagination that has created them.
Peter Haynes. Consultant Curator, Arts Writer, Art Historian, Arts and Heritage Advisor.