Sarah O’Sullivan (Australia)
Sarah O’Sullivan’s ceramic work draws from domestic function as a context and yet is rarely functional. The process utilised is a contradiction to the final pieces created. Sarah employs a production process of slip-casting that is designed to create exact replicas; however the end result is always unique, one-off pieces. It’s easy to overlook something ordinary we use every day. Sarah’s work tries to expel this banality and instead highlight the beauty we can find in the objects around us. Within her practice, she also shares a love of re-using and reinterpreting or reconceptualising objects and designs. Sarah often utilised traditional forms or found objects and adds a new story, whilst still referencing the notion of sentiment.
O’Sullivan focused her 2012 Masters of Fine Art research project on Australian imagery on porcelain. During this study she undertook a three-month internship at a remote Indigenous Art Centre in Ikuntji, NT. Since completing her MFA O’Sullivan has exhibited at the 4th ASNA clay triennial in Pakistan, had her work toured through the Emporio Armani stores in Australia, selected as a finalist for Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards and held a solo exhibition at Sabbia Gallery, Sydney and Craft Gallery, Melbourne. O’Sullivan has just returned from a mentorship with Sung Jae Choi in Gimhae, South Korea.