ARTISTS STATEMENT

Fine delicate porcelain clay, form that draws your eye around and a further sense of mischief can be seen as I explore the many ways in which the “handles” can reinforce the linear rhythm of the form or subvert its practicality, along with the interface that my work has with found objects.

In the past two years I have begun developing a new visual language that investigates themes of cross-cultural pollination by combining handmade ceramic elements with acquired metal, glass or plastic forms. The resulting work seeks to achieve visual harmony and balance between the old and the new.

I feel very much rooted in ceramic history and I am very devoted to and dependent on my material and love the physical part of the whole process with clay and firing.

Through my years with clay I have work in a language inspirited by architectural forms,

I have gained endless amount of inspiration on travel the simplicity of other cultures’ art forms and yet its complexity.

The beauty and simplicity draws you in with ancient forms.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sarit Cohen is a graduate of the Australian National University - School of Art, as a Ceramics Major, mentored by Alan Watt & Heroe Swen. Following her graduation she completed a Diploma in Education at the University of Canberra, which enabled her to practice as a teacher. During this period she received the Doug Alexander Memorial Award for Decorative Surface with the Canberra Potters Society. 

Sarit Cohen has completed residencies in Europe and In China; Skaelskor in Denmark, several years later in Switzerland and in 2009 Jingdezhen China. These opportunities have significantly contributed to her work in the areas of porcelain casting & porcelain manipulation. In 2007 received a major equipment grant from the ACT Arts Council to carry on with these experiments and in 2009 traveling grant to do a residency in China. 

Sarit has contributed to numerous group & survey shows over the last 20 years, notably the USA, Denmark, Kecskemet, Hungary, Israel & Australia. Her works are in public & private collections in these countries. 

Sarit’s work bares the influence of her childhood spent in Israel of Indian & Turkish parents. Her memories of the desert, its surfaces & dry atmosphere are constantly evidenced in her objects. This, together with an increasing curiosity about her Indian background, forms the basis of her research.  Although she has lived in Australia for more than 30 years, the conflict in the Middle East has been with her constantly & continues to emerge in her work by embracing iconography, design & stories from other cultures in the region.