CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURAL CERAMICS

My sculptures have always reflected my life and the current journey that I am on. These intimate works celebrate the intricacies of human nature; they look for an understanding of self and the world around us. My work draws inspiration from my experiences as a mother and watching the growth of my two young children. These sculptures explore the relationship between motherhood and the life-cycles of nature by using plants and motifs from the natural world as metaphors for life. Each piece explores concepts of human instinctive, protective and nurturing nature, as well as notions of home, suburbia, domesticity and growth. Many of these new works depict houses in my local area that I see daily.I choose to tell stories about my suburb as it challenges me to make choices: either to live in an inner urban environment, or to follow my desire for a closer relationship to mother nature and move to a rural environment for a better quality of life for my family. I am always considering the ideal future environment for my children and hoping they can inherit a love and  respect of nature. 

Suburban Escape 2010. Private Collection.

Acquired by St John of God Hosptial Murdoch, Western Australia Cradle 2007

This has led me to observe my children?s fascination with bugs,insects and plants.I love how they view nature with a sense of wonder. How children allow themselves the time to stop and study in detail the natural world around them. These new works endeavour to reveal a child's view of nature - how they notice and examine the exquisite details in their world. I hope to deliver works that open our eyes to the inherent beauty around us, and the interrelationships people have with nature.To create works that reflect the energy of life, affirming not only the miracle but the cycle of life.

 

Calling Home 2010. Rockhampton Art Gallery QLD. Collection.

Shelsher's works are built from home, where she sits in the lounge of her worktable, surrounded by her family. She uses a variety of clays; stoneware, paper clay and porcelain. All of her pieces are built by hand through a combination of slab and coil technique, so that each finished piece is unique. Amanda assembles and models the features of the bodies when the clay pieces are firm; she then later uses the sgraffito technique to draw onto the figure's bodies. This distinctive style requires her to build the body from one type of clay, then paint over the surface using a different coloured liquid clay called slip. She then uses a scalpel to scratch through the slip to the clay underneath to create delicate line drawings. Colour is achieved by using oxides, stains, slips and glazes, before firing the pieces to 1200C or 1300C. This ensures her work will last for generations. Amanda Shelsher, Perth, Western Australia.

 

Mother and Children 2007 Photo: Bill Shaylor

Safe as houses - 2009 Photo: Bill Shaylor. Private Collection WA

Number Seven 2007 - Photo: Bill Shaylor Acquired by National Gallery of Australia. Canberra