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Alice Whish, Helen Earl, Avery Campbell: Exhibition at C.R.E.T.A.

C.R.E.T.A. Rome è lieta di invitarti alla mostra degli attuali artisti in residenza Alice Whish, Helen Earl e Avery Campbell. Gli artisti presenteranno le opere create durante la loro residenza a CRETA Rome, via dei Delfini 17, il 23 aprile ore 18:00.

C.R.E.T.A. Rome is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition of the current artists in residence Avery Campbell, Helen Earl and Alice Whish. The artists will present the work created during their residency a CRETA Rome, via dei Delfini 17, 23 April from 18:00.



This residency has given me the opportunity to focus on colouring porcelain, and to reimagine the flora found in the friezes of Roman buildings.

The friezes against the sky and on the tops of buildings are untouchable and when fallen from the buildings are small fragments some containing complete flowers. These have been my inspiration to reimagine the flora of Rome. I have created a series of pendants, where the flowers are now able to be touched, held, and worn. I have reimagined the flowers with colour, and form, freed from their 2 dimensional frieze the flowers are now animated against the body. The lost flora of Rome reminds us of the fragility of our natural world and that once a species is lost, it has gone from the living world and can only be reimagined.


Alice Whish is a contemporary jeweller who combines ceramic and precious metals to explore colour and the plasticity of form. While she now lives and works in Sydney Australia she grew up in the country where she developed a passion for the natural environment and knowledge of plants. Alice carefully selects materials, and techniques to illuminate an observation of environmental detail, revealing a layer of story. Slowly each work is an act of environmental awareness assisting the viewer to observe, connect and identify with the environment. Alice holds a BA in Visual Art and an MA in Art, her works are held in significant public collections, at state and national galleries in Australia.



The rhythm and undulations of the drapery in paintings, sculpture, and frescoes; revealing and animating the body, uniting parts within a fold, reflected my bodily experience of Rome. I became a fluid body sweeping or being swept through the streets of Rome, caught up in the theatre of human histories. Drapery with wonderous turbulences of artistic skill also became a refuge enfolding me in mythical and religious narratives and thus softening the hardness and overpowering monumentality of grand architecture made from the earth’s crust.

These small works of fired porcelain and flame ware are my ‘elegant curiosities’ made in response to my experience of Rome.


Helen Earl’s practice combines ceramics with found, existent objects. Her concepts respond to place and human interactions with the natural world. Her uniquely poetic artworks are reflective of the transitory experience of place and the research of cultural and scientific narratives. She holds an MVA from SCA, Sydney University.

Helen enjoys working collaboratively with institutions and other artists in response to site and concepts that reflect upon current issues affecting natural environments. She has participated in collaborative projects such as The North Head Project; Adderton: House and Heart of Mercy and RAW Clay, Eramboo. She was the 2011 Artist in Residence at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and a 2013 recipient of a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery residency at Hill End, NSW.

This year Helen was a selected finalist in the 2022 Tom Bass sculpture Award and in 2021 joint winner of the Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize, Ceramics and Sculpture category and the Crackpot cup competition.



This series of vessels is inspired by the Capuchin Crypt, and explores an individual and collective mortality. Vessels in this series are constructed as both the bones of a bowl, and a bowl constructed of bones. Building with spectate bone inspired components this series explores a reordering of individual life into a collective web of lives. These hollow fragile vessels offer space for reflection on an individual's role in a mountain of individual histories that are inescapably entwined.


Avery Campbell is a ceramic artist living in Detroit Michigan. After graduating with a BFA in Art History she continued her art practice in a local studio and attended a residency in Denmark. Avery’s work explores personal and existential themes and you can find more of her work on her website:

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