With a new body of ceramic explorations, artist Alma Proença invites us to sit alongside playful compositions of flora, fauna and tattoo inspired imagery that links her dual Portuguese and New Zealand ancestry. Proença references traditional Portuguese tiling techniques through her use of blues and whites which transform the vessels into metaphors of beauty and functionality. Merging her background in illustration with ceramics, she continues to push the boundaries of representational depictions and engages more with ideas around function.
About the artist
Auckland-based artist Alma Proença works within an illustrative realm; however in her most recent bodies of work she has begun to use wet ceramics as her surface. With strong family ties to Portugal and New Zealand, Alma’s work is heavily influenced by the time she has spent in both areas of the world. Over the last few years Alma has spent time building a substantial following for her practice and brand while working on back to back commissions, and is currently completing a residency at Studio One in Ponsonby.