Russian experience inspires artist

A MID-winter trip to Russia was the inspiration behind Amy Hick’s latest artworks.

Her works have been included in the Emerging Contemporaries gallery at Craft ACT, which showcases the work of graduating students and emerging artists.

Her delicate porcelain babushka dolls feature in the show, which opened on Thursday, and Miss Hick is excited about the possibilities ahead of her.

“I’ve had a bit of a fascination with Russian things, their craft and their skill level is amazing,” she said.

This fascination started in the winter of 2009 when temperatures plummeted to minus 20 and she volunteered her time at a Russian orphanage.

“I was there for mission work in an orphanage for two and a half weeks,” Miss Hick said.

“It got to the point where they were calling me mum. It’s pretty heartbreaking.”

It was this heartbreak, and the country’s beautiful craft that insired her.

The exhibition is a “big deal” for Miss Hick, who says it pushes her to keep working at her craft.

She graduated from the Australian National University in 2013 and is no stranger to being part of an exhibition.

Her current exhibition in Canberra is the eighth time she has been included in in a public exhibition.

“They’re group shows with a bunch of artist, people I went to uni with and people I don’t know,” she said.

Miss Hick already has her sights set on the next project and is in the process of producing a line of porcelain earrings.

“I’m a bit of a porcelain groupie, in ceramics it’s the highest quality material you can get, that and bone China,” she said.

“If you can get porcelain thin enough it’s translucent and light passes through it, Its possibilities are just amazing.”

Emerging Contemporaries is on show at Craft ACT until Saturday, March 29.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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