Showcase #23: Way to your heart

SAM is delighted to partner with Craft Victoria to present Melbourne based ceramicist Zhu Ohmu in Showcase #23, which will feature a completely new body of work.

When: Wed, 14 Aug – Wed, 6 Nov 2019
Where: Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton

Ohmu's coiled pieces investigate the resurgence of the handmade and the ethics of slowness in an age of mass producation.

The initial concept for Zhu Ohmu's coiled vessels was a response to the rise in popularity of 3D printed ceramics. Corresponding to biomimicry - the imitation of systems of nature - the artist wanted to explore how forms would emerge if she used her hands to mimic the way a 3D printer operates through extrusion.

Ohmu's vessels are built through stacking, folding, pressing and pulling; these actions are often dictated by the weight of moist clay. Forms emerge intuitively and seem to ebb and flow, often pushed to their structural limits.

Zhu Ohmu's exhibition pieces are available for sale at the SAM shop, or why not immerse yourself in art-making? Ohmu is leading a public workshop where participants can create thier own Amoebic Planter using hand-building techniques. Or drop the kids with SAM on Saturday morning, where they will enjoy a unique rice paper cutting workshop lead by Ohmu.

Further details and booking information for both workshops are available on our Programs & Events page.

The Craft x SAM Showcase is a curated program of exhibitions in partnership with Craft Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum.

Image: Zhu Ohmu with form. Courtesy of the artist.