Avital Sheffer


 

"My work is informed by an investigation of my Middle Eastern and Jewish heritage and an ongoing engagement with the landscape, architecture, languages and wisdom of that part of the world, and that way of being in the world. The world of antiquity, in its diversities and dichotomies, is a passion and an infinite source of inspiration. Ancient ceramics, glass, metal ware and calligraphy employ universal aesthetic principals yet reveal intimate aspects of human idiosyncrasies and needs that are relevant to the present.

Living in Australia, absorbing influences of landscape and light offers a unique perspective from which I revaluate my complex heritage. I am interested in the frayed edges of mythologies and language, where dialogue and cross-fertilization between cultures takes place. Personal experiences of conflict, migration, dislocation and renewal intersect with the dilemmas between traditions and modernity."
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Kankan IX
SOLD
2015
Size: 49cm x 26cm x 14cm
Medium: Ceramic
$4200
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SOLD
2010
Size: 52cm x 51cm x 25cm
Medium: Ceramic
$4200
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Kesher IX
2017
Size: 59cm x 30cm x 15cm
Medium: Ceramic
$4500
Kesher VIII
SOLD
2015
Size: 55cm x 30cm x 15cm
Medium: Ceramic
$4200
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SOLD
Midbaar II
2010
Size: 69cm x 48cm x 24cm
Medium: Ceramic
$4400
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Size: 40cm x 23cm x 11cm
Medium: Ceramic
$2000
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SOLD
Nadiir VI
2010
Size: 55cm x 38cm x 17cm
Medium: Ceramic

$4200

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Size: 54cm x 25cm x 14cm
Medium: Ceramic
$3200
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SOLD
Kevera VII
2015
Size: 42cm x 22cm x 12cm
Medium: Ceramic
$2800
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$61 a00 
Ostracon V (Shown Left) and  Ostracon IV (Shown Right)
Medium: Ceramic
$6100 as a Pair
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Ostracon IV (Shown Right)
Size: 70cm x 21cm x 15cm
Medium: Ceramic
$3400
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Ostracon V (Shown Left)
Size: 63cm x 19cm x 13cm
Medium: Ceramic
$3200
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Ceramic Sculptress 

Avital Sheffer grew up in Israel and arrived in Australia 1990. Her life long engagement with multi - faceted Middle–Eastern cultures, history and design leads her inquiry into fundamental human concerns of materiality and spirituality, origins and the contemporary, language and memory - complexities and dilemmas she explores in her work.

Since 2004 Sheffer had held twenty-four solo exhibitions in Australia, USA and the UK, including a touring show to Regional Galleries across Australia. Her work was presented at Collect, Art London, SOFA NY & Chicago; she has participated in numerous invitational group exhibitions and competitions, won several awards and has been a presenter and demonstrator in conferences. In 2006 and 2008 she received Australia Council grants for new work and in 2014 won the Australia Council Barcelona art Residency.

Her work is held in public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Sydney Powerhouse, Atelier d'Art de France, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, The Jewish Museum of Australia, Regional Galleries across Australia, as well as private, corporate and Foundations collections in Australia, USA and Europe.

Her work features in many art publications, one of which is The Pot Book by Edmund de Waal.

Avital Sheffer is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.