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I am interested in how systems work and how they relate to symmetry, repetition and scale. My work is about using modules based on polygon forms to form a whole. The design on each module contributes to pattern of the entire piece. Using this method, I work with the mandala and the grid to express ideas about sacred space.
Two concepts have been consistent within my practice: the translation of the two dimensional into the three dimensional, by stretching a pattern over a three dimensional object or by creating individual two dimensional objects that project into space; and how structure implies content, by using tessellating forms which imply infinite repetition and revolution around a central axis, both ideas associated with the notion of the divine and the universal.
My practice is based in slipcasting and moldmaking. In the beginning, I was learning the technical and visual effects of creating a large scale project. I created Cathedral, a body of work that was based on the cathedral dome or rose window in the Gothic church. For this project, I superimposed a pattern over a grid and cast individual pieces which were glazed and fired. The viewer was drawn to the piece from far away and as they drew closer, the undulation and subtleties of the piece were revealed. By using height, color and size, I created an environment which referenced sacred space.
Eliza Au received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2005) and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2009). Au’s work is ceramic based and centers around the process of slipcasting. She is interested in how sacred space is transformed by the use of pattern and geometry in Gothic and Islamic architecture. She is interested in how systems work and how they relate to symmetry, repetition and scale. In recent work, she is expanding into other materials, including paper, metal, glass and wax.
She has previously completed residencies with Greenwich House Pottery (NYC, NY), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), The Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, WA) and the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY). Recent exhibitions include the 66th Scripps Ceramic Annual at Scripps College and The RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, ON.