Jane McKenzie’s ceramic sculptures find their genesis in Modernist architecture. It is not surprising given McKenzie’s artistic practice is informed by her twenty-year career as an architect.
Her sculptures have been included in group exhibitions in Sydney and Adelaide and was included in The Design Files: Open House in Melbourne in 2017. McKenzie’s first solo show, “In the service of poetry”, was held at Koskela in 2018. Her sculptures were included in Flack Studio’s entry in the “Rigg Design Prize”, exhibited at NGV Australia, the same year. She won the Muswellbrook Art Prize (Ceramics) in 2015 and was a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize in 2019.
McKenzie’s influences include the buildings of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, and the sculptures of Ruth Duckworth and Isamu Noguchi. Lucy Feagins writes: “Jane’s architectural vocabulary shines through in her artworks, which play with depth, space and light. Her ceramic pieces have distinctive formal qualities, and repeat geometric patterns to create innovative forms and intriguing sites of shadow.”
McKenzie uses slab-building techniques, preferring a restricted colour palette that emphasises form over surface finish. Her work is represented in the Collections of the National Art School and Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre, as well as various private collections.
McKenzie graduated with a Masters of Fine Art degree, majoring in Ceramics, from the National Art School in 2018. She has undertaken residencies at the Fremantle Arts Centre (2016) and Bendigo Pottery (2019).
SOLO EXHIBITION: SEPTEMBER 2020