IRENE GRISHIN SELZER

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Irene Grishin Selzer is an Australian artist, based in Melbourne, who works predominantly with ceramics.  Her art practice essentially engages with the notion of transience in nature, the shape of time and the sense of place.  All of the natural world is seen as being in a state of flux with transformation and decay over the passage of time and this contrasted with a spiritual constant.  This spiritual constant is non-religious and includes the immediate, temporal and mystical experiences found within everyday existence.

Her practice takes two separate, but interconnected forms.  The first is the clay paintings and clay drawings, the second is object-based pieces.

The clay paintings can be regarded as a form of abstracted cartography - sprawling maps where scale is difficult to fathom, but we encounter pockets of energy, the movement of tides, electromagnetic waves and the build up of deeply encrusted topographical layers.  The object based pieces may be thought of as individual points of focus, tiny areas of exploration, sandwiched cross-sections that pierce the surface or enigmatic relics and artefacts that carry the traces of ancient forms of spiritual energy.