Steph Wallace’s ceramics practice challenges established norms by combining traditional techniques and experimental approaches. Living on land examines the complexities of cultural identity and legacies of the destructive nature of colonialisation on the contemporary physical and cultural landscape.

In an expression of the vessel as a sculptural medium, Wallace seeks to explore the land on which she currently practices, both its physical essence and its complex cultural tapestry. Although the surfaces of her ceramics are abstract in nature, they allude to the landscape; broken up and demarcated by post-colonial landowners in the divisive Western tradition of installing fences, walls and barriers for agricultural purposes.

Steph Wallace lives and works on Wadawurrung Country, Ballarat. She studied Fine Art at Leeds Art University and has a BA in ceramics from Edinburgh College of Art. She was selected as finalist in the National Emerging Art Prize 2023 and the Klytie Pate Ceramics Prize 2023.

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  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
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  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.

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