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Safe Space by Coby McDougall. Photo: Aliesha Mafrici.

Midland exhibition explores manipulated space

THE latest exhibition at Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC) based on one of the fundamental principles of ceramics is on display now.

Shaping Space, Holding Space explores the manipulation of space and is accompanied by Made in Midland, a pop-up shop showcasing works by talented tutors, artists in residence and students who have contributed to making MJAC a creative hub.

The exhibiting artists include Coby McDougall, Emma Vinkovic, Lauren Wright, Tracey Pinker, Paul O’Connor, Stella Sulak and Deanna Jecks.

Each artist has chosen to explore the concept of space through their own lens.

Coby McDougall is a Canadian-born ceramicist, artist and designer.

Her work titled Safe Space, featured in the exhibition envisages space in terms of self-care.

Her quirky and colourful works are made using a combination of wheel throwing and hand building techniques.

She works from her home studio and at ClayMake, an open access studio in Maylands where she teaches beginners.

Emma Vinkovic is a second-generation ceramicist who spent much of her childhood in a ceramics studio.

She started working as a ceramicist full-time five years ago, launching her own label ERV ceramics.

She is also the co-owner of ClayMake, where she takes great joy in sharing her love of clay with others.

Vinkovic works with locally sourced clays and other materials to create surreal cityscapes using the universal building blocks of architecture.

In The Idea of a City exhibited in Shaping Space|, Holding Space, Vinkovic explores the idea that the unconscious mind takes the shape of a city – an ever-changing space that we can build and inhabit.

Discover the expertise involved in ceramics with Shaping Space, Holding Space on display in the East Gallery at MJAC before migrating to the West Gallery to peruse the exceptional works showcased in Made in Midland.

Shaping Space, Holding Space and Made in Midland are on display now until April 23.

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