Zoe Slee is an emerging artist who completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2014 at the Australian National University School of Art. Since graduation she has been selected to participate in a number of national and international exhibitions and symposia, has participated as a board member for the 2015 Australian Ceramics Triennale and maintained a studio in Australia until 2017. She then moved to take her practice overseas. In both 2013 and 2014 she was invited to be a guest artist and speaker at an international ceramics festival in Singapore, and in 2015 she was the youngest person ever to receive the Doug Alexander Award at the Canberra Potters Society Members Exhibition. Most recently she has been working at Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre in Denmark after being awarded an assistantship opportunity, using this time to develop a new body of researched artwork.
Her work focuses on conveying moments of transformation and change through sculptural and installation based porcelain works. Using ceramics as her starting point, she explores ides of liminal spaces, often combining clay with wood or textiles. She aims to make hand crafted sculptural objects that question preconceptions about ceramics and their display. Her sculptures sit in transitional zones, engaging with both the living and the dead, the hard and soft, stasis and movement, occupying the borderlines of all these things, while committing to none.
Zoe Slee, Arcanum Reconnect-object V, 2018; photo: Ole Akhøj