27 October – 7 November 2021
Virtual launch: Wednesday 27th October, 6pm onwards
Catalogue & Price List: View PDF Catalogue (6 Mb)
Saint Cloche Gallery is delighted to reveal ‘Moon Tide’ by innovative ceramic artist Bettina Willner in her first solo show with the gallery.
‘Moon Tide’ is an avant-garde, contemporary expression of Bettina’s experimental approaches and unconventional aesthetics.
Bettina’s practice considers the connection between material, form, nature, architecture, and memory within contemporary ceramics. Characteristics of her hyper-surreal, sculptural pieces include organic and geometric structures, textural and glistening glazes, and gestural hand-building techniques with a highly experimental process that favours unpredictable results.
On a personal level, these works connect the artist to her memories of ancient cities and rugged coastlines, especially of the architectures found there, some human-made, others natural. Dredged beach matter and human-made debris are rooted together with solid cubist structures to form an epitaph of lost liberties and the ability to roam far. Through this inquiry, Bettina’s work sits between the diminutive and the all-encompassing, sculpture and drawing, classicism, and abstraction.
What happens when time stands still, and freedom is restricted? From both every day and transcendent dialogues, my sculptures rise up to answer this question.
Ossified sea structures, angled rocks, and fluted pillars stand as monuments to memory.
Silica appears both glossy and eroded. Dredged beach matter and human-made debris are rooted together with solid cubist structures to form an epitaph to lost liberties and the ability to roam far.
~ Bettina Willner
About Bettina Willner
Bettina Willner’s studio practice is an enquiry in clay and life – she makes objects in the ceramic medium. In 1991 she graduated from a Bachelor of Art at Monash University and has since exhibited in commercial and public galleries across Australia, including the Spring 1883 Art Fair, Dutton (New York) 2018 presentation in Melbourne and also Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020 and Melbourne Art Fair 2020.
Bettina unites architecture, organic, sculptural, textural structures with stunning glazes to produce works that look both contemporary and ancient simultaneously.