Kirsten Coelho

Born 1966, Denmark

"My ceramics practice focuses on the exploration and reinterpretation of utilitarian ceramics, glass and metal wares. Many pieces are made in white porcelain, some with an added iron rim - suggesting an every day metal object whilst being made in a material like porcelain that has such a wide ranging history and associations of desire and commodity. This can create a juxtaposition between the precious and the commonplace."

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Working in Adelaide, Australia

1984-1988   South Australian School of Art, Adelaide, Australia, BA Design
2000-2004   South Australian School of Art, Adelaide, Australia, MA Visual Art

“The exploration of objects presents the possibility of constructing narratives – imbued with multiple social and cultural histories and interpretations. The porcelain objects can in this way have the potential to act as visual metaphors for cultural and historical convergence.

The works also endeavor to convey some of the domestic history of objects by highlighting the potential abstractions that arise on the surface through their use and subsequent deterioration. Similarly I am exploring the subtle potential of high fire glazes on form. This can offer up rich visual surfaces and tonal possibilities to give greater sense of depth and tone between the corresponding works.

I have always been drawn to the abstract in art – the possibility for understanding through a more ambiguous and imperceptible type of knowing. The intersection of form, colour, tone and light are also constant drivers in my practice.”

Kirsten Coelho has work in the following public collections:

Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, Australia
City of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Geelong Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Hamilton Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, New South Wales, Australia
Newcastle Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
Pembroke School, South Australia, Australia
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Queensland, Australia
Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Tea Tree Gully City Council, Tea Tree Gully, Australia
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, New South Wales, Australia
Wollongong Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
Hanyang University Museum Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

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Selected Press - Kirsten Coelho