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Debra Boyd-Goggin

Debra Boyd-Goggin
Artist's statement

Strong visual and spiritual experiences link the development of my work to place of birth and growth in Tapini, Papua New Guinea and then Alice Springs, Central Australia. I reflect on this early family life, translating these experiences and aesthetics into generous, textured and richly glazed forms.

The physicality and scale of my forms donates presence and sensuality redolent of human associations such as growth and nurturing, and domestic or ritual reminders. Landscape acts as a facade enabling me to layer and dress the body of my forms in abstract or metaphoric ways.

Mark making or carved patterning is used to echo my experience with environment and the materiality of Indigenous cultures. From Papua New Guinea I am reminded of the woven basket that I lay in as a baby, grass skirts, shell and dog teeth necklaces, pig tusks, triangular patterning of huts and the denseness of the highland flora. Central Australia reminds me of man made interruptions alongside the spirituality of the landscape, for example wire fences, train tracks and rusted metal next to gum trees; red sand; spinifex; gaps; water holes and mountain ranges.

My work is made with a combination of slab and coil hand-building into moulds, or is thrown on the wheel with hand-built manipulations. The surface is carved, slipped or inlayed and has multiple glazes applied through painting and spraying.

In my search for identity I play with the idea that nature and spirit are strongly connected and have influence over the other in understanding self. Childhood memories are precious, they make us who we are today and link us to tomorrow.

Recent work
Link Series #1
  • Link Series #1, 2010
  • Stoneware, hand-built, carved, multi glazed
  • Dimensions: 14.5cm x 45cm
  • Photo: Stuart Hay
Link series #5
  • Link series #5, 2010
  • Stoneware, hand-built, carved, multi glazed
  • Dimensions: 18cm x 37cm
  • Photo: Stuart Hay
Link series #6
  • Link series #6, 2010
  • Stoneware, hand-built, carved, multi glazed
  • Dimensions: 8.5cm x 48cm x 44cm
  • Photo: Stuart Hay
Link series #7
  • Link series #7, 2010
  • Stoneware, hand-built, carved, multi glazed
  • Dimensions: 19cm x 47cm x 39cm
  • Photo: Stuart Hay

Link series #8
  • Link series #8, 2009
  • Stoneware, hand-built, carved, multi glazed
  • Dimensions: 19cm x 40cm x 36cm
  • Photo: Stuart Hay
Link Series #10
  • Link Series #10, 2010
  • Stoneware, hand-built, carved, multi glazed
  • Dimensions: 24cm x 31cm
  • Photo: Stuart Hay
Biography

I was born in Papua New Guinea in 1975 and lived in the highlands of Tapini for the first few years of my life. I was the third born of six children. Our family then moved to Central Australia where I spent the rest of my childhood and adolescent years. Much of the work I produce now is developed from the experiences and memories I have of this time. I started studying Visual Arts - Painting and Drawing, at the Alice Springs TAFE. After this my travels enabled me to pursue a Painting and Ceramic degree through a number of universities including the Australian National University, ACT; Latrobe University, Bendigo; Northern Territory University, Alice Springs; and finally I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts in Ceramics at the Australian National University School of Art.

After university I began working in my studio at Strathnairn Homestead, ACT for a couple of years. I involved myself in numerous exhibitions locally and interstate, winning a couple of awards along the way. During this time I picked up work teaching pottery through various community art organisations.

Today I focus on working in my Queanbeyan, NSW studio where I am constantly developing and refining new work.

Selected exhibitions
2010:   LINK, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2010:   Vessel, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2010:   Conjunction, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2010:   2010 Members' Exhibition, Canberra Potters' Society - Canberra
2009:   Crucible, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2009:   Townsville Ceramic Art Award, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery - Townsville, QLD
2009:   Annual Members Exhibit, Canberra Potters' Society - Canberra
2008:   Interior Exterior, Accredited Professional Members' Exhibition, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2008:   26th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery - Gold Coast, QLD
2008:   Ignition, Alexander Park Conference Centre - Sunshine Coast, QLD
2008:   Queanbeyan art, The Q Performing Arts Centre and Gallery - Queanbeyan, NSW
2008:   Art Unlimited, Fairview Artspace - Mudgee, NSW
2006:   World Women on the Horizon, Baltimore Clayworks Gallery - Baltimore, USA
2006:   25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery - Gold Coast, QLD
2006:   Exhibition, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra Centre Showcase - Canberra
2006:   Impact, Verge Ceramic Conference, Watling Galleries - Gold Coast, QLD
2006:   Tea Bowls, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2006:   A Spring Adventure, Cudgegong Gallery - Gulgong, NSW
2006:   Amalgamate, Canberra Potters' Society - Canberra
2005:   29th Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Gallery - Alice Springs, NT
2005:   Impulses, Ceramic Art Gallery - Paddington, NSW
2005:   Ardore, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2005:   Art Aid, Australian Natational Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2005:   Cowra Festival Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery - Cowra, NSW
2005:   Muswellbrook Ceramic Award, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre - Muswellbrook, NSW
2005:   Geolithoral, Mawson Gallery - Canberra
2005:   Strathnairn Studio Ceramics, Australian National University School of Art Foyer Gallery - Canberra
2004:   Layers, The Library, University of NSW, Australian Defence Force Academy - Canberra
2004:   Versions x6, Tuggeranong Art Centre Gallery - Canberra
2004:   Port Hacking Potters Group Exhibition, Hazelhurst Art Centre - Hazelhurst, NSW
2004:   Identity, Raglan Gallery - Cooma, NSW
2004:   Cowra Festival Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery - Cowra, NSW
2004:   Stanthorpe Art Festival, Stanthorpe Art Gallery - Stanthorpe, QLD
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2010:   artsACT Project Funding Grant
2010:   Northcote Pottery Merit Award, Canberra Potters' Society Annual Members' Exhibition
2009:   Northcote Pottery Award, Canberra Potters' Society Annual Members' Exhibition
2006:   Australian Ceramic Art Directory Award, Canberra Potters' Society Annual Members Exhibition
2006:   Visual and Craft Artists Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
2005:   29th Alice Craft Acquisition Award, Araluen Gallery Acquisition Award
2004:   Doug Alexander Premier Award, Canberra Potters' Society Annual Members Exhibition
2004:   Open Wheel Thrown Award, Port Hacking, Hazelhurst Arts Centre
2004:   artsACT Quick Response Grant, Solo Show, Raglan Gallery, Cooma
2003:   Raglan Gallery Exhibition Award, Canberra Potters' Society Annual Members Exhibition
2002:   Emerging Artists Support Scheme Walker Ceramics Award of Excellence, The Australian National University School of Art
2002:   Emerging Artist Support Scheme Canberra Potters Society Exhibition Award, The Australian National University School of Art
Selected publications
2010:   D. Hare, Conjunction, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2006:   Queanbeyan Artists, Queanbeyan Age, June 2006
2006:   P. Batey, Ceramics in Spring, The Land Magazine, 7 September 2006
2006:   D. Grimm, Local Crafts up with Leaders, Alice Springs Centralian Advocate Newspaper, May 2006
2006:   L. Watts, A Spring Adventure, Ceramic Art and Perception, No. 65
2005:   J. Doyle, from baroque canteens to evanescent landscapes, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 44, No. 1
2005:   S. Menzies and F. Alexander, Versions of Expression, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 44, No. 1
2005:   A. Grigson, Impulses in Australian Ceramic Art, Ceramics Art and Perception, No. 59
2004:   M. Hinchliffe, Subtle melted and pale glazes, The Canberra Times, 17 December 2004

 

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