By Sassy Park
Sassy Park is a Sydney based artist interested in the history of ceramics, objects and ideas. Ceramics are well suited to memorialising the intimacies of the everyday and it is these quotidian matters that find their way into Park’s work. Her artworks play with the accepted uses of domestic ceramics and historical art genres. Pots, plates and figurative works express ideas of vulnerability and fragility through their scale, intimacy, and humour. The long standing tradition of text on plates which includes commemorative and souvenir plates, make them a portable surface on which to carry a message and links to Park’s central practice of painting. This humble object takes on a poetic power.
Sassy Park graduated from the National Art school with a Masters in Ceramics. Previous degrees include a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts in painting as well as a post-graduate diploma. She won the Muswellbrook Art Prize for Ceramics in 2021 and was runner-up in the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize in 2020. As well as having solo exhibitions at Robin Gibson Gallery, she has shown at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and in curated exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. She recently undertook the Onslow Storrier National Art School residency at the Cité des internationale Art, Paris, France to research French ceramic folk traditions.