This week we visit artist Evie Core at her home in Sydney's Eastern suburbs, where she uses her airy, light-filled living room to practice yoga. Over tea, we chatted about the way nature inspires her and informs the ceramic pots and sculptures she makes.
Words and photography by Georgia Blackie.
ALAS: How do you like to escape?
E: Being outside, in the trees or the waves, barefoot, music playing. Painting the sky in a Reverse Warrior or reading on the bus to work. The yoga studio has become a physical space of escape that's also a mental getaway. I've lived a lot of changes this year and yoga feels like coming home, a moving meditation that can create an escape no matter where you are.
ALAS: What are you working towards?
E: Currently I'm working towards paying off my travel debt, haha! I'm dedicated to resolving it before reassessing my priorities, and the vision I have for myself currently involves creating more space for my art, yoga, some more study, cheese-making and a veggie garden. Seeking that balance with all things I love, in addition to working towards more kindness, gratitude, letting go. And getting to the beach more!
ALAS: You have made some beautiful ceramic vessels - can you tell us about your ceramics practice?
E: I majored in ceramics at the National Art School, but rather than the firing process I'm more interested in the materiality and sculptural qualities of the medium. I hand-build organic, nature-related forms that in my most recent practice aren't fired at all. The ephemerality, movement and possibility of the raw clay suits where I'm at right now. I've made coral reefs, wall installations and big boulder forms that mostly now reside in people's gardens, particularly my mum's. If I make small pieces, they are more quiet and meditative, like pinch pots for storing special things, or little burnished stones. I have been yelled at in the middle of an exhibition for damaging a wall (which I fixed) and that's all part of it too. I guess I'm more about the experience and growth of an artwork rather than the longevity of an object.
Shop Evie's organic cotton yoga (or sleeping!) outfit below: