Illuminated by Fire

Illuminated by Fire

Kathryn Portelli worked with the community to design and create personalised ashes vessels which were exhibited together with seven illuminated sculptures.

This project brought together a collection of remarkable sculptures in Australia’s first ever exhibition dedicated to vessels made especially to contain the cremated ashes of people and places.

This is a body of work that provokes thought about what it means to represent a life artistically, encompassing eight individually personal objects rich in storytelling detail.

The project launched Sunday November 7 at 2.00pm at TJ Scotts, 5 Piper St Kyneton.

At Fed Square, the ashes vessels were displayed in the BMW Edge, around the walkway facing out towards the Yarra. See the program here: Kyneton program

 

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Kathryn has been professionally trained in ceramics and glass at Chisholm Institute in the 1980s and spent three years working in two commercial studios in Boston USA.

In 2010, Kathryn received the Regional Arts Australia ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award for her volunteer efforts coordinating the AFTER mural in Kyneton, following the Black Saturday fires of 2009. The AFTER Black Saturday Memorial is an 11 metre mural featuring 280 tiles with inclusions of donated material from fire affected residents and the broader local, interstate and international communities. The project was supported by a $2,500 Arts Quick Response Recovery Fund grant from Arts Victoria and a $10,700 donation from the Helen McPherson-Smith trust.

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Kyneton by Kathryn Portelli

art4ashes exhibition

7th November 2010

The sculptures made an intriguing display with such a diversity of shape and colour, all representing deeply meaningful connections to people and places.

what if sculptures  lara-sculpture.jpg Continuum of Life  Jane's sculpture  Kathleen's ashes vessel  leonie-sculpture.jpg         Ettore's ashes vessel  Val's ashes vesselMary's ashes vessel

Fire affected residents had contributed little treasures from their destroyed homes and 16 candles were lit to remember them.

Black Saturday homes sculpture  memory ceremony

A beautifully rendered uplifting song, especially composed for the project by Scott Cameron and one of the participants, Kathleen McLennan capped off quite a remarkable exhibition.

Scott Cameron

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