"My work is informed by an investigation of my Middle Eastern and Jewish heritage and an ongoing engagement with the landscape, architecture, languages and wisdom of that part of the world, and that way of being in the world. The world of antiquity, in its diversities and dichotomies, is a passion and an infinite source of inspiration. Ancient ceramics, glass, metal ware and calligraphy employ universal aesthetic principals yet reveal intimate aspects of human idiosyncrasies and needs that are relevant to the present.
Size: 55cm x 38cm x 17cm
2015Size: 42cm x 22cm x 12cm
Ostracon IV (Shown Right)
Size: 70cm x 21cm x 15cm
Ostracon V (Shown Left)
Size: 63cm x 19cm x 13cm
Avital Sheffer grew up in Israel and arrived in Australia 1990. Her life long engagement with multi - faceted Middle–Eastern cultures, history and design leads her inquiry into fundamental human concerns of materiality and spirituality, origins and the contemporary, language and memory - complexities and dilemmas she explores in her work.
Since 2004 Sheffer had held twenty-four solo exhibitions in Australia, USA and the UK, including a touring show to Regional Galleries across Australia. Her work was presented at Collect, Art London, SOFA NY & Chicago; she has participated in numerous invitational group exhibitions and competitions, won several awards and has been a presenter and demonstrator in conferences. In 2006 and 2008 she received Australia Council grants for new work and in 2014 won the Australia Council Barcelona art Residency.
Her work is held in public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Sydney Powerhouse, Atelier d'Art de France, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, The Jewish Museum of Australia, Regional Galleries across Australia, as well as private, corporate and Foundations collections in Australia, USA and Europe.
Her work features in many art publications, one of which is The Pot Book by Edmund de Waal.
Avital Sheffer is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.