Form Studio and Gallery

1/30 Aurora Avenue,
Queanbeyan.
0430 359 776

Opening hours, during exhibitions only
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Mondays, Public Holidays & ACT School Holidays


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DEBRA BOYD-GOGGIN

I was born in Papua New Guinea in 1975 and lived in the highlands of Tapini for the first few years of my life. I was the third born of six children. Our family then moved to Central Australia where I spent the rest of my childhood and adolescent years. Much of the work I produce now is developed from the experiences and memories I have of this time. I started studying Visual Arts – Painting and Drawing, at the Alice Springs TAFE. Then my travels enabled me to pursue a Painting and Ceramic Degree through a number of Universities; ANU – Act, Latrobe Uni – Bendigo, NT Uni- Alice Springs and finally I completed my BVA in Ceramics at the School of Art – ANU.

After Uni I began working at my studio at Strathnairn Homestead, ACT, for a couple of years. I involved myself in numerous exhibitions locally and interstate, winning a couple of awards along the way. During this time I picked up work teaching pottery through various community art organizations.

Today I focus on working at my Queanbeyan, NSW studio and finishing studio at The Artist Shed. I am constantly developing and refining new work for exhibitions, gallery shop outlets and alike.

 

Art Statement
Strong visual and spiritual experiences links the development of my current work to place of birth and growth in Tapini, Papua New Guinea and then Alice Springs, Central Australia. I reflect and translate these experiences and aesthetics into generous, textured and richly glazed forms.

The physicality and scale of my forms donates presence and sensuality redolent of human associations such growth, nurturing, and domestic reminders. Landscape acts as a façade that I can dress the body of my forms in abstract or metaphoric ways. Carved patterning is used to echo my experience with environment and materiality of indigenous cultures. Surface is addressed through complex layering of texture, slip and glaze revealing depth and dynamics. Forms have repeated elements that create family associations or connections aiding the overall comprehension and narrative of this body of work.

In my search for identity I play with the idea that nature and spirit are strongly connected and have influence over the other in understanding self. Childhood memories are precious making us who we are today and linking us to tomorrow.


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