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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 rhythms and patterns.


Her practice takes two separate, but interconnected forms.  Firstly, clay tablet and photographic drawings and paintings, and secondly ceramic object-based pieces.


The photography and clay tablet drawings and paintings can be regarded as a form of abstracted cartography - a series of 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.


Short Bio

Irene Grishin-Selzer holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Monash University, graduating with the Clayworks Australia award for ceramic excellence. Her practice engages with the notion of transience- the shape of time and a sense of place. Works have 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.

Irene Grishin Selzer respectfully acknowledges the people of Boon Wurrung and Waywurru Country, the traditional custodians of the land on which she lives and works, paying respect to elders past, present and emerging, recognizing that sovereignty was never ceded.

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