27 Jul 2024—26 Jan 2025

That All Just Happened

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That All Just Happened

Image: Nathan Nhan, Trophy 1, 2023. Courtesy the artist.

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Nathan Nhan's work draws on the material history of ceramics, where vessel forms are imbued with powerful narrative devices.

This work is an autobiographical series based on Nhan's time as a student at the ANU School of Art and Design. The works are in the form of ceramic vessels that Nhan labels as 'trophies'. Labelled as such, they are objects of endurance, celebrating particular events that now only live within the past. They capture mostly fond memories, as a student from 2016 to 2022. Some reflect on relationships with spaces that no longer exist and live only in memory.

The ‘trophies’ are in two parts, plinth and vessel. Nhan employ various methods to construct each one, using hand building, wheel throwing, slip-casting and experimental techniques. They are decorated with commercial and altered glazes using a range of applications: dipping, brushing, and pouring, constantly layering and firing until finished.

Each year CMAG supports an Australian National University Arts student as part of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme Awards. The 2022 EASS Award recipient was Nathan Nhan, following his completion of a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) majoring in Ceramics.

That All Just Happened

Image: Nathan Nhan, Trophy 1, 2023. Courtesy the artist.