Juz Kitson is an Austrailian artist who uses clay as the predominant material in her surreal, mixed media sculptures.
Juz Kitson’s works are resplendent and dense. Complex and large scale, they are exquisite musings on nature’s cycles of metamorphosis, decay, beauty and abundance. As a contemporary multi-disciplinary artist, Kitson pushes the boundaries of material and meaning through her sculptural works. Kitson has mastered the use of porcelain and other clay bodies through intricate hand-building and slip casting. Like alchemy, Kitson incorporates these ceramic elements with hot and flameworked glass and natural materials, such as reclaimed animal pelts and furs and husks and tusks. The seductive combination of the construction and assemblage with hand built forms and found objects couple to form Kitson’s unsettling evocative morphologies. https://sophiegannongallery.com.au/artist/juz-kitson/ Accessed Sept 2022
Kitson's works holds fascination for me on a number of levels, her process of making, the use of assemblage of cast ceramics combined with other materials. The narratives in her work explore the cyclical nature of life and our connection and role within this cycle and this has echoes to my own interests in the natural world and funghi. There is also a surreal, other worldly quality to the work which is simultaneously evocative and un-nerving and I am inspired to see if I can push my own work to develop in such a way.