Bettina Willner

Bettina Willner’s practice considers the connection between material, form, nature, architecture, and memory within contemporary ceramics. Characteristics of her sculptural pieces include organic and geometric structures, textural and glistening glazes, gestural hand-building techniques. These in combination produce objects that sit between sculpture, painting, and drawing.

On a personal level, these works connect the artist to her memories of ancient cities and rugged coastlines, especially of the architectures found there, some human-made, others natural. In turn, the ornamental scale of her work concentrates the energy of these often vast architectures, making them intimate. Furthermore, the cyclical and repetitive nature of the artist’s work also evokes a wider connection to making within the continuum of everyday life. From this inquiry, Willner’s work sits between the diminutive and the encompassing, sculpture and drawing, classicism and abstraction, chaos and control.

Biography

b. 1969, based in Melbourne, Australia.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


2021

Group show, Ob-ject Re-form, The Hue and Cry Collective, Geelong

NGV Melbourne Design Week, Modern Times

2020

Group show, Smalls, Otomys Contemporary, Melbourne

Eterne with Katie Daniels, Saint Cloche, Sydney

Sydney Contemporary Presents, Virtual presentation

Melbourne Art Fair, Virtual presentation

Rock, with Virginia Cummins, Tinning Street Presents, Melbourne

Holiday Dreaming (group) – Saint Cloche, Sydney

Rock (solo) – Tinning Street Presents, Melbourne Melbourne Design Week (group) – Modern Times, Melbourne

2019

The Wandering Room (group) – Melbourne

2018

Presence (group) – Melbourne

Spring 1883 (Art Fair) – Dutton, New York

Sometimes Strong (solo) – Sarah Scout, Melbourne 2017

Line and Curve (solo) – Red Gallery, Melbourne. 2016

Genuine Relic (group) – Seventh Gallery, Melbourne 2003

Pieces (group) – NinetySix, Melbourne

2002

Women’s Salon (group) – Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

1991

Show Of Hands (group) – Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

EDUCATION


Bachelor of fine art, Monash University, Melbourne Australia (1988-1991)

Certificate of Art and Design, Wangaratta T.A.F.E 1987


RESIDENCIES, AWARDS & PUBLIC ART PROJECTS


2019: Residency International Ceramic Studio, ICS Hungary

2019: Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award – Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

2001: Public Art Project – Moreland Council, Melbourne

1992: Finalist, Walker’s Award – Arts Centre, Gallery One, Melbourne.

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Brutalist Rock I
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A$ 2,500.00 AUD
Bettina Willner, Brutalist Rock I, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 46.5 x 25.5 x 23.5 cm
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Brutalist Rock II
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Bettina Willner, Brutalist Rock II, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 30 x 20 x 15 cm
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Serpentine
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Bettina Willner, Serpentine, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 28 x 14 x 14cm
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Twilight
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Bettina Willner, Twilight, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 26 x 13 x 13cm
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Golden Reflection
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Bettina Willner, Golden Reflection, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 24 x 15 x 15cm
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Sea Tangle
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Bettina Willner, Sea Tangle, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 23 x 14 x 14cm
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Glistened
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Bettina Willner, Glistened, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 43 x 16 x 16cm
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Butterfly
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Bettina Willner, Butterfly, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 31 x 10 x 10cm
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Rock
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Bettina Willner, Rock, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 29.5 x 10.5 x 10.5cm
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Bloom
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Bettina Willner, Bloom, 2021, Glazed ceramic, 33.5 x 10 x 10cm
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Twisted
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Bettina Willner, Twisted, 2021, Glazed ceramic and glass, 48.5 x 11 x 11cm
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Tangled
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Bettina Willner, Tangled, 2021, Glazed ceramics and glass, 47 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm
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