Clairey Laurence

Clairey Laurence


Sculpture | Objects

Laurence depicts a world occupied by allegory, myth and symbolism, and cites architect Antoni Gaudi, Australian painter Charles Blackman and graphic artist Rex Ray among her influences. Her signature ceramic figurines pay a twisted homage to both fetish objects and family heirlooms. Overtly feminine and surreal, Laurence’s wide-eyed and dainty forms – always with a hint of the sinister or subversive – possess individual personalities that are steeped in fable and fantasy. Favouring muted saccharins and high-gloss hard blacks and lustres, Laurence’s use of colour amplifies the interfaces between life and death, good and evil that characterise her work. Floral and leaf motifs – symbolic of rebirth and renewal – represent her foray into more improvised forms that reflect the unpredictable shapes found in nature. These symbols appear in various scales across her work, and form the structural basis of her ceramic tableware. Laurence obtained qualifications in studio ceramics and art therapy before opening her own studio in Brisbane. She is a fixture of the city’s pottery scene, having exhibited widely in group shows since she started her full-time freelance career in 2013.

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