“In the current climate, we travel and observe closer to home”


Exploring this theme we present a Group Exhibition of Ceramics.  Established artists Ri Van Veen, Kirsty Manger and Karen Steenbergen and emerging artist Alice Morgan exhibit a stunning mix of works. Alice looks at the native flora of the Bellarine with her organic glazed stoneware vases that are informed by eucalypts, saltbush and Yellow gums. Kirsty Manger is always inspired by her local surrounds, the cliffs of the south east Victorian coast around Jan Juc where she lives, are highlighted in her Strata Series of works  and her Shell Series form a beautiful reminder of the complexities of life.

Ri Van Veen is new to the Hive Gallery and creates a variety of hand-built ceramic art from installation work to individual pieces. In these recent times, Ri “felt like the rest of the world had joined me in the joy of being out and about exploring and connecting to their local environment- to nature and not just the destination.”

Karen Steenbergen has extended her works from the Milk Country, and Bushfire series. After a recent road trip across Victoria glimpsing remnants remaining of deserted old shearing sheds and water tanks and farming equipment, this informed her “Water Tank on Shearing Shed Platforms” and a “Rust” series of glazes.

Complimentary to these works, we introduce artist Rachel King with her figurative abstraction paintings that examine the views from her studio windows in each direction, and her surrounds from Warrnambool region where she resides. Rachel challenges the distance between landscape and abstraction. Born from real places, objects and forms these works aim to sit at the edge of representation and recognition.