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The new (ab)normal

Robyn Phelan

A body of new work made whilst on residency at a pottery studio in the Tallarook Ranges, Victoria. Clay forms include ochre from a dust storm, and granite pebbles from the roadside. Colour is derived from the ash of local black wattle trees use to fuel the wood fired kiln. These are works in progress towards my Doctorate research.   Residency supported by HDR Travel Fund 

My practice engages strongly with the context of site. Using the touch of my hands, strength of my body and clay material, a site is investigated using a process of compression and correspondence until an embodied object is formed.  
My residency in Tallarook, in a studio located in a rural Victorian valley enabled me to embrace all that COVID-19 had removed from me. Touch and connection with surfaces not tainted by human hands. I could wander freely without ‘essential’ purpose and without ‘social distancing’ My sole purpose was to observe, respond and create in solitude.  

About the artist

Robyn Phelan 
Sessional lecturer in Ceramics Studio  
HDR Candidate