Ebony Russell


“Mirror Castle I (Mirrored Kingdom)”, 2022

Piped Porcelain and Glaze, 17 w x 39 h x 17 d cm


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Artist Statement

Trinkets from my personal collection are given homes among the icing architecture of castles, grottos, and arches. The pure snow-white of the porcelain kingdom is smothered in a mirror glaze reflecting my own desire and fantasy. These once magical objects no longer hold me to a dream of the future. The spell is broken, and disenchantment provides the freedom to live beyond the confines of a fairytale kingdom.


Challenging the established perceptions of cultural and artistic practices that were once exclusively coded as feminine and thus insignificant, Russell’s work celebrates the decorative, promiscuous aesthetics and politics of purity; the superficial, excess, and delight – with pleasure.

Ebony Russell completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Honours) at Monash University in 2003 and in 2019 graduated from The National Art School Sydney with a Masters of Fine Art. Russell has won many awards including the Franz International Rising Star Award in 2018.

Exhibition List

2022 Masters Show, Clay Gulgong, The Holtermann Museum
2021 Clay Dynasty, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2021 Ceramica Maxima, The Jamfactory, Adelaide
2020 Midnight Garden, International Group Show, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2020 Sad Birthday, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
2020 The Backbone of Things, Curated by Glenn Barkley, Te Auaha Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
2004 The Ties That Bind – Yarra Sculpture Gallery, VIC


2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize – Finalist
2020 North Queensland Ceramic Award – Finalist
2019 Franz Rising Star Project – Finalist
2003 The Mary and Lou Senini Student Art Award – Finalist
2003 CSA Sculpture @ St Kilda Botanic Gardens – Finalist

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