Irene Grishin-Selzer is an Australian artist, based in Melbourne. Her art practice essentially engages with the notion of transience in nature, the shape of time and the sense of place. All of the natural world is seen as being in a state of flux with transformation and regeneration over the passage of time with all its internal rythmns and patterns.
Her practice takes two separate, but interconnected forms. The first is the clay tablet paintings and drawings, the second is object-based pieces.
The clay tablet paintings can be regarded as a form of abstracted cartography - sprawling maps where scale is difficult to fathom, but we encounter pockets of energy, the movement of tides, electromagnetic waves and the build up of deeply encrusted topographical layers. The object based pieces may be thought of as individual points of focus, tiny areas of exploration, sandwiched cross-sections that pierce the surface or enigmatic relics and artefacts that carry the traces of ancient forms of spiritual energy.
Irene Grishin-Selzer mixes her clay with soil, sand and clay loam from her two studio locations in Boon Wurrung (Southern Victorian) and Waywurru (North Eastern Victorian) country. Combining this soil with clay, pigments, oxides and glazes is a tangible way to help define the shape of time and a sense of place. The build-up of textures and mark making fuse together when kiln fired to make ceramic tablet paintings which are then painted with oil paint post kiln firing for layered colour. This surface history incised with relief-like contours, provide highly textural contrasts of light and shade, with the sheen and strength of a stone tablet (without the inherent weight). Her work is a literal and powerful reminder of the interconnectedness of nature where all things both animate and inanimate, past and present are intrinsically linked.
Irene Grishin-Selzer holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Ceramics) from Monash University, graduating with the Clayworks Australia award for ceramic excellence. Working predominantly with ceramics as a 2 dimensional ‘canvas’ her practice engages with the notion of transience- the shape of time and a sense of place. Her work has been curated into numerous group exhibitions selected within Australia and North America, with solo shows in Melbourne galleries and regionally at the Shepparton Art Museum. Works are internationally collected and profiled in numerous publications, the latest being an artist profile in the NGV magazine alongside two international art and design compendiums published by Thames & Hudson, with a third featuring 50 contemporary Australian ceramicists released in 2023.