Rarely Seen, Blue Tinsel Lily

Julie Bartholomew (Creator)

    Research output: Non-textual formPhysical Non-textual work


    Research Background Ceramic artworks produced for a solo exhibition by invitation. Conceptually driven objects responding to immense environmental change and the disappearance of one of the remarkable features of Australias landscape its indigenous plants. The rate of extinction of flora in Australia is faster than in other countries. Nine ceramic sculptures, representing machine guns and swords engender critical discourse regarding the serious nature of weaponry, not unlike the relationship between humankind and nature, capable of protection, destruction, preservation and demise. The new works embody a plea, appealing to the viewer to take care of the natural environment. Research Contribution Subversive Botanica exhibition contributes challenging environmental discourse to the visual arts arena and explores innovative ways of presenting contentious subject matter. The seamless interconnection between critical thinking and the finessing of craft practice, has an immense capacity to affect the viewer and initiate awareness with regards to compelling social and environmental concerns. New work engages with industrial ceramics technologies in an innovative and experimental manner by extending existing processes of casting and moulding. Research Significance A review was written by Dr Patsy Hely, Emeritus Fellow, Australian National University, published on the Craft ACT website. Led to invitations to present at three exhibitions. Stepping Up, Australian National University Gallery (July 2015), The City of Hobart Art Prize (Sept. to Nov. 2015) and Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize (2016). Three works were awarded Highly Commended by the Waterhouse Art Prize judges.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
    PublisherCraftACT Craft and Design Centre
    Size36 x 16 x 10cm
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventSubversive Botanica - CraftACT, Canberra, ACT, Australia
    Duration: 10 Apr 2015 → …


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