It’s no secret that we’re BFF’s with Ben Carter, the host of The Red Clay Rambler podcast. Ben, if you don’t know, does fabulous interviews with makers in the contemporary ceramics and contemporary ceramic art worlds. He’s one of the better voices out there.
Above image: From Nell, The wake, 2014–16, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, and STATION, Melbourne. Shown at the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.
We’re about to launch a monster of a critical piece written by our Editor Garth Clark about his travels through Australia. In preparation for that we would like to highlight this interview Ben conducted in December 2015 with Sydney’s artist Nell. Let’s hear it from Ben:
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Nell. A Sydney based jack-of-all-trades, Nell makes mixed media installation, digital work, fashion and ceramic sculpture. Her art mixes humor and rock n’ roll aesthetics to playfully subvert cultural structures. In the interview we talk about AC/DC, Buddhism and shifts in Arts funding in Australia.
This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Australian Ceramic Association, a member-driven organization, which fosters a lively community by organizing nationwide open studio events, publishing The Journal of Australian Ceramics, supporting artists in their studio practice and advocating for excellence in education and training. For more information, or to join the association, please visit www.australianceramics.com.
Nell was born in 1975 in Maitland, NSW, Australia. She attended Sydney College of the Arts in 1993 and then the University of California in 1996. From 1999 to 2001 she was the founding director of Rubyayre artist-run gallery. In 2006 she obtained her Masters of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts.
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