Words: Charlotte Middleton
Adelaide’s Hugo Michell Gallery has welcomed South Australian ceramicist, sculptor, and installation artist Sam Gold to its represented artists.
Living and working on Kaurna Yerta (the Adelaide Plains), Gold trained for more than a decade in Transpersonal Art Therapy (Ikon Institute), Furniture Design (TafeSA) and studies in Contemporary Art (UniSA, ACSA). They turned their hand to ceramics in earnest in 2018, and currently practice out of the JamFactory while continuing to explore sculpture and installation mediums.
Notably, Gold’s work featured in the 2019 Australian Ceramic Triennial, Hobart, and they were recently selected as one of five emerging artists for Primavera – the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual exhibition of emerging artists living and working in Australia, aged 35 years and under.
Gold’s work speaks to the ‘storyness’ of our lived materiality, where objects are viewed as artefacts imbued with intimate acts of meaning. Their practice explores the body’s ontology and poiesis through documenting movement and memory, utilising clay for its mimetic, metaphorical and therapeutic qualities. Works are made with the intention of marking the clay from the body, the body as a tool and the clay as a site to document.
Gold has exhibited widely, including at galleries such as JamFactory, Southwest Contemporary, End Space Gallery, Praxis Artspace, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Floating Goose Studios, CraftACT, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist has works held in the ArtBank collection, as well as numerous private collections nationwide.
Gold has been the recipient of several awards, grants, and residencies including the Australia Council Grant, The Australian Ceramic Council Award (University of South Australia), JamFactory Award, Guildhouse Catapult Mentorship, Helpmann Academy Creative Investment Fund, and George Street Studio Residency.
“Sam is a really fantastic artist and we’re very excited to work with them,” said Hugo Michell Gallery.
This article was originally published 16 August 2021.
Image: Sam Gold, Touch, 2020. Stoneware, porcelain, local iron stoneware and liquid quartz, 49 x 20 x 20cm. Photograpy: Dean Toepher.