Narelle is an early-career contemporary artist with a passion for the messy unpredictability of experimental ceramic process.
She approaches ceramic enquiry as a field of experimentation and engages her materials as wilful co-conspirators.
Her work explores qualities such as porosity, contingency and subjectivity to change; underpinned by an observance of the intelligibility of matter.
Inspired by a lineage of women artists with distinctive material signatures – from Louise Bourgeois to Karla Black – Narelle is alive to the feminist and ecological implications of rethinking our relationships with matter.
Narelle holds a BA, MA and BFA - having studied in Australia, The Netherlands and the United States.
She has previously worked in diverse international and community development settings, primarily as an educator and facilitator, and more recently as a community-engaged researcher.
With an immersive approach to creative practice, Narelle is bringing to life a unique materiality and reimagining the parameters of ceramic sculpture.
University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts
Institute of Social Studies, Den Haag, Master of Arts
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Fine Art
European Ceramic Workcentre, Upcoming international residency, 2019
Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant, in generous support of professional development in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, 2019
Kingston Arts Centre, Artist in Residence, 2019
Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2019, Exhibition finalist
Australian Ceramics Triennale, DEAR MUD, WITH LOVE group exhibition, 2019
Vice Chancellor’s List Award for Academic Excellence, 2018
Clayworks’ Award for Excellence in Ceramics, 2018
First Site Gallery, de·gust solo exhibition, 2018
Rhode Island School of Design, USA, International study exchange, 2017
Australian Ceramics Association Student Award, 2016