GUDRUN HELENE KLIX

Contact

E: gklix@bigpond.net.au
or G.Klix@sca.usyd.edu.au
W: www.usyd.edu.au/su/sca/Gudrun_Klix.htm
or www.freelandgallery.com.au/gudrun_klix.php

Profile

born 1944, Germany
grew up and educated, USA
lives Balmain, NSW

The material and symbolic qualities of clay and forms are of essence in my work. Whilst on one the hand ceramics references the earth and its ancient beginnings through its chemistry and the physicality of clay, it can also speak about our place in the contemporary world, how we live and respond to issues that confront us.
Whereas the beauty of the fresh plastic clay, its texture, the ridges left in the process of forming, the way it records every touch of the hand or tool is at the core of my work I also enjoy the form itself. I’m interested for instance in how the  finger or tool marks on the inside of the form interact with the form of the marks of the outside. These come together at the rim,  where inside and outside meet and unwittingly determine the shape and profile of the edge, just as the topographic shape of a mountain determines its form against the horizon.

I’m also interested how direct hand interaction with my materials becomes a metaphor for connecting with landscape and place and the consequent sense of belonging and of care for that environment. I believe that through direct interaction, be it with material or the landscape, through working, playing, exploring, one establishes memories and a love on which one can draw. It also keeps one fresh and open to the unexpected.

In my ship forms I explore our relationship to this country, its fragility and beauty, our migrant background, the loss of ancestral roots, our tenuous anchor, and our environmental awareness. The ‘boat’ form can for instance reference leaves, seedpods, lake beds, mountains or creatures. Upside down they resemble mountains ranges as seen from the air. Over the years I have produced a number of installation works that explore such issues on a larger scale.
GUNDRUN KLIX 2007


Exhibitions

selected exhibitions
2009
Crafting Landscape, curated by Debbie Abraham, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, NSW
2007
- Boats and Coracles, curated by John Freeland, Freeland Gallery, Sydney

2005
- Marking Place (installation), curated by Alan Sisley, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, NSW

2004
Airscape / Landscape (installation), curated by Kate Major, SCA Gallery,  University of Sydney, NSW
- Sightseeing from Sydney, curated by Sioux Garside, Beijing, China

2002
- Form und Glazur, curated byMonika Gass, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Germany

2001
- First World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea

1999
- Wanderings (installation),  rafts Council Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1997
Recent Work, Keramik Museum, Germany

1995 -96
Delinquent Angels (travelling exhibition), curated by Joe Pascoe, Faenza-Italy, Japan, Singapore, Australia

1994
- Terra Rossa (installation) , curated by Linda Wedman, The Works Visual Arts Festival, Edmonton, Canada

Workshops

teaching
- 23 years teaching all levels,  beginning to PhD supervision and Head of Ceramics Studio at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney ;NSW
- 3 years Head of Ceramics Department, Tasmanian School of Art, University of  Tasmania, Hobart; Tas

workshops
- Numerous workshops and guest lectures in Germany, Canada, New Zealand.


Production

selected retail
- John Freeland Gallery, Paddington, NSW
- Marianne Newman Gallery, Crows Nest, NSW
- Raglan Gallery, Manly, NSW

Works

Bronzed coracle III

Bronzed coracle III   2007
eathenware with acid patinated bronze glaze
15 x 34 x 34.5 cm, courtesy the artist

Nigh of dreams

Nigh of dreams   2006
eathenware with acid patinated bronze glaze
17 x 70 x 15cm, courtesy the artist

Year of Drought (detail)

Year of Drought (detail)   2007
teracotta with dry glaze
6 x 55 x 13cm, courtesy the artist

Porcelain coracle  V

Porcelain coracle V   2007
porcelain
8 x 25 x 25cm, courtesy the artist