Alana Wilson's ceramics seem to have been created by the sedimentation of time. Their simple shapes and rough surfaces evoke the ruins of yesterday's world. They had survived the cataclysms of human history and, both fragile and powerful, are seeking their path in the world of today and tomorrow.
Reminiscent of the fossils that one often finds by chance, each piece is a unique ecosystem with its own subtle balance of shape, texture and colour. For the Australian artist, the inherent qualities of the raw material are always the starting point to explore the sculptural potential of the object. The primary function of the container is never directly affirmed, maintaining a metaphorical use of form and material. The patent hand marks suggest a form of continuity with the long history of ceramic practices. Behind the apparent neutrality of these objects lies an embodied vision of the links between humans and their environment.
"My work seeks to harmonise utilitarianism, technical glaze experimentation, and conceptual intimations which I am consistently investigating. While most works are essentially contemplative, the ode to traditional form seeks to honour the nobility of the vessel and it's foremost function alongside an inherent respect of ceramics as a medium. Subtle surface destructions with experimental glazing and firing techniques are my major focus in the studio. Firing to 1260ºC allows the metamorphosis of surface degradation to be captured, appearing to exist in a state of motion and decay, even once cooled. These quiet meditations into the beauty of the decayed utilitarian attempt to captivate and impel the viewer beyond the physicality and functionality of the works."