Porcelain Flowers: Michelle Perrett
8-16 September, Sat, Sun, 10am-4pm,
Weekdays by appointment
Porcelain Flowers is a solo exhibition by artist Michelle Perrett, the culmination of a body of work she created, and research she undertook, during her 2018 six month artist residency award at Eramboo, sponsored by Northern Beaches Council.
Michelle employs ceramic techniques to create a series of finely detailed handmade porcelain sculptures that echo botanical illustrations.
In her exhibition isolated ‘cut flower’ forms take on metaphysical qualities and investigate our cultural relationships with the environment. Her delicate sculptures respond to the history of threats to native plant species and their survival within the unique ecosystems of Ku-ring-gai National Park. The exhibition showcases the medicinal powers of its flora and the economic and ornamental narratives of the indigenous flowers of Garrigal land across tens of thousands of years.
Michelle Perrett is a Northern Beaches visual artist working in the medium of ceramic sculpture and installation. Her current work explores the cultural importance of plant species and aims to express their mystical qualities. Her nursing background has informed her interest in medicinal properties of plants, and previous bodies of work about hospitals, maternity and women’s histories. She has a Masters of Fine Art (research) UNSW, Art & Design and an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics, NB TAFE. Recent exhibitions include Craft NSW, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Myer and the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.