Sassy Park

solo exhibition
10 August – 4 September 2019


Sassy Park

Victorian Girl 2018 terracotta 19.5cm high

Clay is Sassy Park’s social media. Her work plays with the history of domestic ceramics and its genres, including pots and figurative works. Ideas of vulnerability and fragility are expressed through scale, intimacy, and humour. Pots speak of their own fallibility and painted figurative sculptures express an empathy through her subject matter of poignant characters. Her work draws the viewer in, to look more closely, to notice detail and engage with the object.

Ceramics is well suited to memorialising the small stages of life and the intimacies of the everyday and it is these quotidian matters that find their way into Sassy Park’s pieces. The domestic sphere, where affections are expressed and issues are put on the table, allows the work to say the otherwise unsayable. The small scale holds power and the unobtrusive seeping out of ideas and thoughts. The ceramic surface becomes a place for commentary on which she paints, writes and draws. Sassy Park’s making and painting of ceramic objects for contemplation challenges and continues clay’s extensive sphere of cultural production.

Sassy Park

lives & works in Sydney


2017-18 Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, National Art School, Sydney
1986 Postgraduate Diploma, Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
1983 Guest student, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin
1982-1985 BA Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

Awards & Residencies

2018 Recipient, N.E Pethebridge Ceramic Award
2016 Runner up prize winner, Handpicked Handmade, Gallery Klei 2016 Residency, Shiro Oni Studios, Onishi, Japan
2011 Studio Residency, The Trophy Room, Sydney
1987 Recipient, Desiderius Orban Art Award, N.S.W. Travelling Art

Curatorial Projects

2016 Beautiful Obsolescence, UNSW, with Dr Miles Park


2019 Solo show, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2019 End of the World, M Contemporary, Sydney
2018 Released, Postgraduate exhibition, National Art School, Sydney
2018 Finalist, Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Meroogal House, Nowra Ceramics (Now), Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney
2018 Invitational, Home@735 Gallery, Sydney
2018 Finalist, The Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture, Sydney
2017 Text, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney
2017 Finalist, Still – National Still Life Art Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, Australia
2016 Onishi Ceramics, Shiro Oni Residency exhibition, Gunma, Japan
2016 Private lives, the artist as collector, S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, as part of Tom Carment’s collection, Australia
2016 Finalist, Handpicked Handmade, Award exhibition, Gallery Klei, Sydney
2016 Finalist, 2016 Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville, Australia
2015 Artisans in the Garden, Lion Gate Lodge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
C2015 UPS………..Runneth Over, in honour of a humble and treasured domestic object, Chinaclay, Clovelly, Australia
2015 Collectors Space, curated by Glenn Barkley, Art Month Sydney as part of Noel McKenna’s collection
Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
2015 Impromptu II, Group exhibition of Sculpture and other non functional object, Chinaclay, Clovelly, Australia
2014 Volcano Garden, Published Art, Sydney Menopause Memorial Ware and Other Souvenirs,
solo exhibition, Chinaclay, Clovelly, Australia
2014 Cultivate, Artisans in the Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney
2014 Compassionate Voices, Voiceless, Koskela, Sydney 2013 Useful, Here and Now, Carriage Works, Sydney
2014 Artisans in the Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney
2011 The end of life as I know it, solo exhibition, The Trophy Room, Sydney
2011 The Curio – A collectors cabinet, Sterling by Gaffa, Sydney 2010 Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney

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