The Seedlings of Nature

fiona murphyFiona Murphy is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist and ceramicist.  She graduated with a Dip. Art & Design (1980); Grad. Dip. Fine Art (1985); Grad. Dip. Ed. (1993) and Master of Fine Art (2007) from Monash University, Melbourne. She was the winning recipient of the City of Hobart Art Prize in 2006.

This piece, entitled “Seedlings“(2007); is inspired by nature; and her “biomorphic” vessels express the structural, dramatic and metaphoric qualities of plants.  Some of which are angular and asymmetric, allude to the phases of plant growth, whilst others are round and curvaceous, evoking the organic form of flowers.  Simplicity and clarity of form are achieved by manipulating the inner and outer surfaces to create an undulating and rhythmic flow. Fiona’s work has been displayed at:

  • Delinquent Angel: Australian Historical, Aboriginal and Contemporary Ceramics“, exhibition at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy (1995)
  •  50th International Ceramic Art Competition, in Faenza (1997).  as well as works on display in the collections of:
  • The National Gallery of Australia (Canberra),
  •  Powerhouse Museum (Sydney),
  • National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne)
  • State Galleries of South Australia (Adelaide); and
  • Western Australia (Perth).

For further information on Fiona’s art, see Fiona Murphy’s website.

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