Tatts

 Tatt’s interest in New Materialist theories informs the technique of assembling multiple porcelain tesserae or cut and refined ceramic tiles. Wth the use of tesserae creates abstract forms of balance and precarity, layers, stacks, pattern and negative spaces. Tatts uses hyper focusing as a perceptive and making strategy. By concentrating on the individual tesserae tile, she considers their relationship and action with other objects and the surrounding environment. Jane Bennett describes this as ‘separat[ing] the onto-theological barriers of everyday life e.g. determination = will, human = animal,  consciousness = material, organic = inorganic and life = matter.’  

To create works that focus on New Materialist theories, Tatts focuses on the craft-based relationships between the maker, their tools and materials used to create contemporary vessels. Vital Materiality combines and is associated with mosaic technique and ceramic process. Tatts tests the boundaries of ceramic and mosaic processes through experimentation to compose hybridity of matter and form. She assembles, stacks and groups repetitively with intense focus on the joining technique to build precarious structures. Clay tesserae are assembled using slip, sometimes coloured to highlight the joining process. Showing the process of assemblage is more commonly associated with tile, grout and cement. Each sculptural piece is fired at a special programmed temperature to reach ideal vitrification to melt the form into a solid.

Tatt’s interest in New Materialist theories informs the technique of assembling multiple porcelain tesserae or cut and refined ceramic tiles. The physicality of individual assemblage of tesserae creates abstract forms of balance and precarity, layers, stacks, pattern and negative spaces. Using hyper focusing as a perceptive and making strategy, concentrating on the individual tesserae tile she considers their relationship and action with other objects and the surrounding environment.

Tatts is an emerging contemporary ceramic artist, living and working on stolen Wurundjeri Land and has worked extensively in the art industry since the age of 14.

Born in Central Victoria then later moving to Naarm, in late childhood she was diagnosed with apophenia, a condition where the brain has the inclination to perceive patterns and connection in everyday objects. Tatts finds intense visual relationships with patterns found in her environment and this connection inspires her art practice. She has continued to develop not only technique, but the action of evoking story and kinship between medium, artist and viewer.

Tatts is completing a Bachelor of Fine Art, (Ceramics) in 2023 where she was the Ceramic Association President and was awarded RMIT Ceramic Student Association Award, Stockroom Ceramic Award, & R.L Foote Design Studio Award. She continues to work and mentor at the Montsalvat Art Colony, residing in Eltham.

 

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