My soul is healed when I create. It has taken me a long time to appreciate how much being creative means to me and its absence has been keenly felt.
I am inspired by the scars that we bear both visible and hidden, it is those scars that guide us to become fully realized if we honour them.
I work with clay, glass, and repurposed objects because I believe all things carry a memory of previous use or life and those memories are integral to my work.
The use of clay and the tactile surfaces created through raku firing or the burn out of organic materials allows me to express potential and the beauty of the scars that are left behind.
“Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.”
— China Miéville
Liddy Timmins is a ceramic and mixed media artist, currently residing and working in Canberra. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Southern QLD. Her background is in nursing, where she developed her fascination with death and dying, the power of touch as a healing mechanism and the fragility of the human experience. In her ceramics, she hopes to ignite a sense of curiosity in the viewer, drawing closer for a second look to see what is on the inside - and always seeking to evoke a desire to touch.
Liddy carries the inspiration of South American culture after living in Paraguay for a year as a young woman following her graduation from Dowlnads College in 1985. She recently travelled to central Mexico to experience the "Day of the Dead", learning from indigenous artisans and gaining a deeper understanding of the rich culture and history of Mexico.
I have become fascinated with the human need, both physiological and psychological, for touch. One of my greatest joys comes from being asked to touch or handle my work. I enjoy the process of creation and the experience of creating works that stimulate curiosity and tactile desire either through the use of surface treatments, glazes, mixed media, incorporating found objects, etc. I am inspired by surfaces, scar tissue and the feel of clay beneath my hands.
• Metal Urges, 2015 (Braidwood Regional Art Gallery, Braidwood NSW)
• Curator - Curious Mustard, June 2012 (Metro Café Toowoomba)
• Downlands College 20th Annual Art Exhibition, 2007 (Toowoomba, QLD)
• The One Car Show May to July 2006, (Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery)
• Downlands College 18th Annual Art Exhibition, 2005 (Toowoomba
• Edge: Innovation, Design and Technology at USQ. March/April 2005. (Craft QLD, Brunswick St., Brisbane).
• Smaller3, 2005 (Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)
• More Theory: Predicting Difference, Feb 2005, SoapBox Gallery, Brisbane.
• GraduArt, November to January 2005. (Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery).
• Puddingstone, November 2004. (University of Southern Queensland Library).
• Ra Ra Exchange Exhibition October 2004, (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, and Metro Arts, Brisbane).
• Crossroads, 2004. (University of Southern Queensland). *“Initial Exposure”, Dec 2003 to Jan 2004. (Hervey Bay Regional Gallery).
• Road to Recovery, 2003 (Royal QLD Art Society, Broadbeach, QLD)
• CALM, 2003 (Toowoomba Contemporary Art Space)
• 7 Muddy Souls” 2003 (Toowoomba Contemporary Art Space)
• Neptune’s Revenge, 2002 (Foyer Gallery, USQ)
• Curators’ Choice 2001. (Foyer Gallery, USQ)
• Co-curator: Fired 2001. (Foyer Gallery, USQ)
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