Juz Kitson’s corporeal installations teeter between the human and animal conditions, through the ambiguous communion between desire and threat; the beautiful and the grotesque. Her works encompass hand-crafted porcelain, reclaimed animal pelts, husks and tusks sourced through the rugged terrain of the Australian landscape. Kitson works between Milton on the south coast of NSW and Jingdezhen, the heart of porcelain in China. Speaking to art critic Jackie Lemmon, Kitson describes her visceral works as “quietly seductive. They are provocative, because underneath they are quite disgusting. … They are hybrids of nature.” At once monstrous and tender, they combine classical symmetry, abject seduction and a chimera-like material play.
While completing her Honours in ceramics at the National Art School, Kitson’s ‘Formations of Silence’ body of work was acquired by the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania in 2009. She was then featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Primavera and the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. Kitson has been a finalist in numerous major prizes including the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (2019), The Alice Prize (2018), and the Wynne Prize (2017). Kitson’s work is held in public collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank and RMIT University, as well as in private collections across Australia and Europe.
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