Adrienne Richards
Artist Bio
Since 2003, Adrienne Richards has explored Australian landscapes for en plein air painting, using ink and watercolour. Her observations inspire her studio-based paintings and ceramics. Recently, she has focused on documenting coastal rivers, waterways, mangroves, and upland swamps in the Blue Mountains. With a museum background, Adrienne's work intersects with science, studying aquatic life under the microscope. She has been a finalist in art awards and exhibits regularly. Her work is found in private and public collections, including Maitland and Coffs Harbour Galleries. Her recent installation, 'The Way We Live Now', explores cultural watersheds in human development over 200,000 years.
Artwork Statement
I created these works as part of 'The Way We Live Now' collection to explore Biohistory. They are inspired by the upland swamp near my home in the Blue Mountains, featuring rare creatures and evidence of human activity. I chose traditional ceramic plates as my medium. I captured images of children playing on a bush track, a canoe crossing a lagoon, and the flight path of an endangered Giant Dragonfly or a helicopter. Using hand-building, surface decoration, and glazing techniques, I created borders of lagoon rushes, imprints of animal teeth, and human-made embellishments that connected the plates to their environments.
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