'Makeshift Home' Porcelain and Mid fire clay by Fleur Schell 2019
'From her cardboard lair' by Fleur Schell 2019 Porcelain, illustration and found metal trunk.
Coming soon a children’s book by Fleur Schell…
This book is based on an artwork titled ‘Floorplan’. The inspiration behind ‘Floorplan’ was a collection of Fleur’s grandmothers old suitcases looking for a new home. Slowly over a year Fleur transformed twelve suitcases into a series of dioramas representing every room of her home. The result was a single wall mounted artwork. Each suitcase divulges the everyday, standard goings on in her families far from regular home. Translating ‘Floorplan' into an illustrative book has given Fleur wonderful freedom to embellish the myths that are now legend in their home. The book was designed by Lowana Bibby of Insomnia Design.
The work below was sculpted and illustrated by Fleur, and inspired by her family and the creatures they live with. All the found suitcases have been repurposed with the help of Matthew Braxton-Smith.
In May 2019 Fleur will be exhibiting in Hobart, Tasmania with Australian Ceramic Artists Honor Freeman, Shannon Garson, Tania Rollond and Avital Sheffer as part of The Australian Ceramics Triennial. Each artist was provided a table to explore in their work, while considering the exhibition title ’Share my table’.
The premise behind ‘Share my Table’
To invite another into your home - your private sanctuary that bares all truths. To share stories around a table is the ultimate gesture of trust, friendship and kindness. Ceramic Artists Honor Freeman, Shannon Garson, Tania Rollond, Avital Sheffer and Fleur Schell invite you to join them at their tables as they explore the use of ceramic objects to materialise significant stories that have transpired across the table in each of their homes.
In October 2017, Fleur showed new works in porcelain and mixed media in an exhibition titled 'Imaginarium' at Linton & Kay Galleries, 299 Railway Road, Subiaco, Western Australia.
'Papa your feathers are falling out! I am giving back to the earth all the seeds of wisdom it has given me'
'She was beautifully out of place, like the moon during the day' Width 35cm x Height 220cm x Depth 52cm Materials: Porcelain and mixed media.
'The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper' Installation Width 116cm x Height 135cm x Depth 52cm porcelain and mixed media.
'The monster under Harry's Bed' Width 43cm x Height 160cm x Depth 58cm porcelain, mixed media
'Heidi and Wonderwoman' Teapot, 2017
In March 2017, Fleur shipped a series of new work to Oregon, destined for Gallery 114 as part of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) USA. This International Exhibition titled 'Omnus Terra' was held in Portland, Oregon and showcased new works from seven of Australia's finest ceramic artists, including Shannon Garson, Gerry Wedd, Megan Pulls, Vicki Grima and Jane Sawyer.
'ALL LAND/ OMNUS TERRA'
The exhibition 'Omnus Terra' was the brain child of Ceramists Linda Fahey (USA) and Shannon Garson (Australia), who were convinced of the broad reaching cultural benefits of an intercontinental exhibition, drawing together artists from their homelands. The show coincided with the 2017 NCECA in Portland, the intent was to provide an international platform for collaboration and hence stimulate new opportunities and goodwill between the artists involved, strengthen ties between Australia and the USA and introduce the American ceramic community to a selection of diverse and exciting artists considered trailblazers in the ceramics arts scene of Australia.
'Omnus Terra' was at Gallery 114 in Portland in 22-25 March 2017, and was the first presentation of its kind where a select group of Australians and Americans exhibited together - Artists across the Pacific connected by clay.
"Australia and America face each other across the vast Pacific Ocean. As nations on the Pacific rim the sea connects us. 'Omnus Terra' meaning 'All Land', creates a dialogue between two cultures of Australia and America connected through clay. Like the scientific expeditions of the great explorers 'Omnus Terra' reaches out to far flung nations bringing a cargo of exotic, mysterious, mesmerising objects to a foreign shore. The artists explore the relationship between their landscape, ceramic history and culture, questioning the historical tropes of the ceramic medium through form and material. “ Shannon Garson - Ceramic Artist, Writer and President of The Australian Ceramics Association.
Clay Voyage online exhibition, raising funds to package and freight works to Portland for NCECA 2017.
Fleur Schell was represented by Red Sea Gallery at The Singapore Affordable Art Fair from the 18th - 20th of November 2016. The creative relationship established between Red Sea Director Chris Churcher and Fleur Schell continued along a very exciting path. This body of work for the Singapore Art Fair considered the context of Fleur's figurative muses, her porcelain figures encapsulated by magical and curious settings. Each wall mounted tableaux was decorated with intricately drawn backdrops of pattern and colour that were embellished with found objects, enriching those characters and providing endless possibilities for inspirational narrative in Porcelain. See below some of what was seen at The Singapore Affordable Art Fair in November 2016.