Throughout her long and highly acclaimed career in ceramics Hiroe Swen has had the good fortune of being able to draw on her rich cultural background of Kyoto before marriage to an Australian brought her to our shores some forty five years ago. This refined Japanese sensibility she managed to fuse with the bold ruggedness of the Australian environment, has been reinforced by the valuable experience of having lived and worked on rural property near Canberra for over three decades.
Nature in its diverse manifestations, together with the artist’s emotional response to the dramatic nuances in human behaviour, remains a constant source of inspiration. It is in the applied decoration, either in relief or in tonal brushwork to her handbuilt ceramics, that she believes expresses her feelings most intensely. ALSO: Book Launch: Biography about the Swens’ lives in Canberra, Cornel’s Eurasian art trail. The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of Japan.
More information is available through the Belconnen Arts Centre website.