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Process diary

Anna Kovacs

Loreto Normanhurst

Artwork title
When there's nothing left to burn...
HSC year
Expressive form
Artist’s statement

As a medium, clay has its own sense of reality and mass. The ability to fold, tear, stretch and distort inherent in the malleability of clay has allowed me to create geometric forms which buckle under pressure. They evoke the surface textures that decay and erode during the destruction of the natural world through the devastating effects of man’s irresponsibility towards his environment. My intention was to create a sense of foreboding through the aesthetic order of the artwork; the ominous title suggests that all organic matter has been destroyed. My series of vessels express a state of flux and movement inspired by the cubist and futurists as well as post-modern architecture.

Collection connections

In her ceramic pieces, Anna Kovacs explores the notion of decay, erosion and destruction of nature. Consider the way these ideas have been revealed to audiences by examining Kovacs art-making practice. Compare the techniques and processes used by Kovacs with those of Suzuki Osamu and Roger Ackling and examine in what ways these artworks display the effects of fire and heat.