Bambi Thumper, Flower 2017

These shimmering ceramic and sculptures explore the uncanny underbelly of popular children’s fairy tales. Their form fused with a high gloss, all seeing, highly reflective surface, view as a serene but also pensive portal to an unfolding narrative loaded with anthropomorphic tension.
Materials- Ceramic, auto enamel and wood
Dimensions- 41.0 x 40.0 x 20.0 cm

World within World, Tree 2018

While the viewer gazes at the work, my intention is that they catch momentary glimpses of themselves as they are reflected in part by the work’s high-gloss surfaces. But unlike the mirror, their reflection resonates with qualities associated with the three dimensional as it shifts, distorts, warps and bends both object and viewer as they attempt to fully grasp the work’s “shifting” storyline.
Materials- Ceramic, auto enamel and wood
Dimensions- 59.0 x 48.0 x 40.0 cm

Jiminy, Epilogue 2019

Due to the work’s intimate scale, the viewer’s gaze is reduced to reflected moments of themselves, their immediate surroundings and momentary glances of the unfolding story “duplicated, divided and interchanged”
Materials- Ceramic, auto enamel and wood
Dimensions- 41.0 x 20.0 x 19.0 cm

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Michael Doolan


Michael Doolan lives in Melbourne and works in Sydney where he is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney. In 1981, Doolan completed a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts in 2001 and in 2013, graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, Monash University, Melbourne.
Michael has held various solo exhibitions throughout Australia, most notably Stories with Endings Changed: Jan Manton Art, Brisbane, 2018; Michael Doolan, New and Recent Work, Michael Reid, Sydney + Berlin, 2017; World without World: Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria, 2017 and in 2015 World within World: Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria. He has also participated in numerous curated group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park Small Sculpture Award, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Victoria 2020; the prestigious by invitation only Korea International Ceramics Biennale, Korea, 2019

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