About Michelle Le Plastrier
Michelle Le Plastrier is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on handbuilt ceramics exploring identity, socio-political and environmetal issues all in her signature candy coloured style.
Michelle teaches introductory ceramics across South-East Queensland. She has completed residencies, produced workshops and exhibited across Australia for businesses, galleries and councils such as Gold Coast Arts and Culture, Pacific Fair, HOTA, Side Gallery and Honey Bones Gallery. She was recently a finalist in the 2022 North QLD Ceramic Awards at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.
About Tessa Bergan
Tessa Bergan is an emerging artist based on Yugambeh Country (Gold Coast). She has worked across sculpture, performance, digital media, and most recently text-based collage. Her work has explored the identity of her local city, often with self-reflexive humour and irreverence. She has exhibited work at HOTA, Home of the Arts, The Walls Art Space, and SWELL Sculpture Festival.
2023 SWELL ARTWORK – TREASURE
The word TREASURE emerges from the sand. A barricade and safety bollards section it off from the surrounding beach. The scene appears as an archaeological dig site or work zone, with the word as the object of interest. The barricade and bollards imbue the object with a sense of importance or danger, while the word cheekily proclaims its own value. However, the abstract nature of text makes us question if the treasure is the object itself, the environment it sits in, or the audience’s projection of meaning.