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Living in Ipswich rendered in ceramic relief

BY Ipswich Art Gallery | 12-Nov-2020
In her latest exhibition titled "Living in Ipswich", South African-born ceramic artist Jane du Rand captures the architectural detail and quirky spirit of iconic Queenslander houses in her adopted home town. The exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery is on show daily until Sunday 14 February 2021 from 9:30am to 5pm (Christmas closure: 24 Dec 2020 to 3 Jan 2021 inclusive). Entry is free.
Venue: Ipswich Art Gallery
Address: d'Arcy Doyle Place (Nicholas Street) IPSWICH Qld 4305
Date: Saturday 14 November 2020 to Sunday 14 February 2021 [Closed 24 Dec 2020 to 3 Jan 2021 inclusive]
Time: 9:30am-5pm 7 days a week
Ticket: Free
Web: https://www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au/allevents/living-in-ipswich-new-work-by-jane-du-rand/
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Living in Ipswich rendered in ceramic relief
Jane du Rand, 9 Syntax Street 2020 | Hand-built, stained and glazed white raku clay, 25 x 25 x 5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane. PHOTO: Carl Warner
Reminiscent of miniature stage sets, each layer of the ceramic reliefs in "Living in Ipswich" adds greater depth to the scene. At first we see the formality of front fences and garden paths, then verandas as intermediate spaces between interior and exterior, where the boundary between private and public is indistinct. In these spaces the relationship between the house and its occupants is first revealed. Then the more intimate narratives of the lives lived within are visible in glimpses through windows and doors, and sometimes portrayed in interior vignettes.

"There are really splendid historic homes, but also many wonderful everyday Queenslanders of varying age and condition lived in by local people, and it is these homes and their occupants that interest me the most. I have focused on the people living in the Queenslander homes which are not necessarily marked as heritage and I look at how the occupants of these homes interact with them."

Jane du Rand is a ceramic and mosaic artist living in Ipswich, Queensland. Born in Durban, South Africa, she has a Bachelor of Architecture Cum Laude from the University of KwaZulu Natal. She has run a ceramic studio for the past 20 years and is best known for her large-scale commissioned ceramic and mosaic works. Jane is represented by Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane.

This project received assistance from RADF.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between Queensland Government and Ipswich City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.