Sydney is a far-cry from the landlocked Jap European nation from which self-taught ceramic artist Tatsiana Shevarenkova hails. Initially from Belarus, she moved to Australia in 2019 from Moscow, searching for extra daylight and a slower tempo.
‘My aesthetics haven’t modified however somewhat advanced into a brand new medium,’ she explains of the shift in her follow, that took place the identical time as her relocation to the opposite facet of the world. ‘I’ve all the time drawn upon nature for inspiration and now, being in nearer proximity to it, I really feel like my creative outlook is extra cleansed. The hotter climate might need one thing to do with it.’
Tatsiana labored in magazines in Russia, however disenchantment with the worldwide vogue trade and its foundations in human exploitation and environmental injury spurred a profession shift, and within the course of, she found the sluggish and delicate follow of ceramics. Because it transpires, this was the inventive outlet she was on the lookout for all alongside!
On arrival in Sydney, Tatsiana grew to become a member at MakerSpace & Co. – a not-for-profit organisation and craft workshop in Marrickville – ultimately renting a studio there and starting explorations into ceramic processes. She graduated rapidly from wheel-throwing to coilbuilding, creating sculptural types impressed by the patterns and shapes that organically happen in nature.
Over the lockdowns final yr, Tatsiana spent on daily basis in her sunny studio, familiarising herself with supplies and growing her methods to such a profitable extent, that it led her to launch her personal full-time follow – Cosset Ceramics! Tatsiana makes use of coil-building methods to create her natural sculptural types. Regardless of the hefty analysis and experimentation she has performed into glaze recipes, she prefers the pure look of an unglazed floor and an earthenware firing for the slower affect it has on the clay.
Ruminating on these natural supplies and her background in vogue design lead Tatsiana to make use of ceramics as a lens to discover her final muse: the feminine physique.
‘From the physique I search for a contour, a motion or a look,’ she says. ‘I like the practices of Isamu Noguchi, Jean Hans Arp, Henry Moore, Constantine Brancusi and Louise Bourgeois. There may be typically an intimacy or rigidity between these artists and the physique that I imagine is value learning.’
By this philosophy, all of the items in ‘Soul Mattress’ – her new duo present at Saint Cloche – have a fluid, kinetic inspiration behind them, like a surprisingly sculptural coral formation or a puddle splash frozen in time. These sculptures sit beside artist Hannah Nowlan’s equally fluid, nature-inspired work – an ideal pairing!
See extra about Tatsiana’s follow right here. ‘Soul Mattress’ opens at Saint Cloche at present, see extra right here.