Based in Sydney and Newnes, Wolgan valley, Australia.
Marianna Ebersoll’s current practice focuses on the sacred and its importance in the everyday. Working mainly with clay, her ceramic works explore the narrative of daily life highlighting the rituals and moments that occur within. Pushing the materiality of clay, her figures, sculptures and traditional pots explore emotion through their tactile surfaces and limited glaze application. She manipulates the clay to create angels and Madonna figures, universally sacred icons, but brings them down to earth by placing them within the context of the everyday for example, an angel smoking a cigarette on a milk crate. Emotions and rituals that surround us are reflected in the images of angels, infusing our own daily lives with sacredness.
Using predominantly harvested clay from the property she grew up on, her work is embedded with a quiet elemental significance. Without processing the clay further than necessary, Marianna’s ceramics still hold the emotional weight of place and home. This material importance exaggerates the feeling of sacredness and contemplation in her work. The narratives that play out exist in a certain realm of highlighted importance, like looking at a shrine on the side of the road: not the most spectacular cathedral but rather a window into quiet reflection.
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands in which I live and work, the Eora, Dharug and Wiradjuri nations. I pay my respect to the Elders, past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. Sovereignty was never ceded.