June 25, 2013

Melbourne artist, illustrator and ceramicist Kerry Scheen is the talent behind the enchanting world of Linogirl. A graduate in printmaking and photography at RMIT, she also studied gold and silversmithing, before teaching herself the art of ceramics. Now, from her garden studio in the shadow of Mount Macedon, Kerry can be found at work on her limited edition vessels, prints, and wearable art.

Much like the setting in which they are formed, Kerry’s intimate pieces reflect both the uncertainty and awe of the solitary individual in the vast landscape. Though they may cast an eye over the horizon, as yet, her characters appear a bit shy of the world beyond. Inwardly focussed, they feel somehow familiar and knowable. Vulnerable, they invite us to cradle and care for them. And yet there is always that blank landscape beckoning. We are aware that our vigil will only take them so far. Soon the lines will fill in and become more complex, and more colors will begin to show.

Or perhaps the critters on Kerry’s works are a mirror of our own maturation. And when our paths take us beyond the sheltered nest, it might be time to pass Linogirl’s pieces on to the next generation to cheerish and hold.

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