Greg Daly, 2020. Photography: John Daly

1 August to 13 September 2020

Obsessed: Compelled to make presents the work of 15 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations. We look at the complexities of their materials and processes, the realities of their day-to-day studio routine and unravel what compels each maker to create over the course of their personal career – Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work?

This exhibition explores the act of making through the framework of obsession – how it consumes us, carrying us along in its wake, colouring every aspect of our lives. With these professional artists, it is their obsessions, and all the associated angst, failures, breakthroughs and milestones, that feeds their productivity and to deliver exceptional outcomes.

Artists: Gabriella Bisetto | Lorraine Connelly-Northey |  Honor Freeman | Jon Goulder | Kath Inglis | Laura McCusker | Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp) | Kate Rohde | Oliver Smith | Vipoo Srivilasa | Tjunkaya Tapaya | Louise Weaver | Liz Williamson | Greg Daly (Cowra Regional Art Gallery guest artist)

Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre of ADC on Tour exhibition, accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.

Curators: Lisa Cahill and Penny Craswell
Exhibition design: Stephen Goddard
Catalogue design: Michael Donohue
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Additional photography:Jules Boag, Peter Whyte
Poet: Sarah Rice
Curatorial Research and Development: Lisa Cahill and Jo Higgins

Learn: Download the education kit here.

Explore the exhibition webpage here.

ADC’s CEO and Artistic Director spoke to one of the artists in the exhibition Living Treasure Master of Australian Craft weaver Liz Williamson and a local Cowra artist with an international reputation ceramicist Greg Daly about their practice.

Watch the complete film series below:

Exhibition touring dates listed have changed due to COVID-19. Check with the Australian Design Centre for updated details.
Greg Daly’s work has been included in the Obsessed: Compelled to make exhibition at Cowra Regional Art Gallery. A key feature of the Obsessed project is to include a local component at each stop on the tour and Cowra Regional Art Gallery chose to incorporate a local artist in the exhibition.  The film accompanying Greg’s work in the exhibition was made by his son John Daly.
Gabriella Bisetto has built a career as one of Australia’s prominent glass artists. Gabriella’s obsession is evidenced by her long-term exploration of how glass can be used to visualise and reinterpret the human body’s internal activity as tangible forms in glass.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Lorraine Connelly-Northey is a Waradgerie mixed media artist who has become known for her oversized woven installations of fibre vessels.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Adelaide-based ceramic artist Honor Freeman is inspired by everyday domesticity in her work. From recreating in clay a lifetime in old, used-up cakes of soap to making Besser Blocks or light switches from the same material, Honor captivates with her faithful reconstructions of the ordinary.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Jon Goulder is a furniture designer-maker who is widely acknowledged as a master craftsperson and creates his one-off pieces, limited editions and prototypes by hand in his workshop in Adelaide. Growing up in Mittagong and Bowral in NSW as a fourth generation furniture maker, Jon’s passion for furniture started young.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Kath Inglis is a jeweller who has honed her craft through decades of practice working with one material – PVC. The artist expertly dyes, carves and/or fuses this seemingly ordinary sheet plastic to create jewellery pieces with a particular luminosity, eschewing expensive gems and metals.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Laura McCusker is a furniture designer and maker who is never happier than when she’s in her workshop, transforming rough timber into beautifully finished furniture pieces. Working from a converted apple-packing shed in Hobart alongside her husband, she has embraced the beauty of local timbers like Mountain Ash and Stringybark, crafting works that hold a deep connection to place. Authenticity of materials is vital to Laura, who combines traditional woodworking skills learnt at Sturt School for Wood in New South Wales with contemporary cutting-edge design.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Elbowrkshp is the studio of Elliat Rich and James B Young, combining Elliat’s conceptual approach to contemporary design and James’s skills in traditional leatherwork and shoemaking
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Melbourne-based artist Kate Rohde makes highly ornate sculptural objects, taking inspiration from Rococo and Baroque decorative art, science, zoomorphism and the Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosity)
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Oliver Smith is acknowledged as an innovative and skilled silversmith he comes, perhaps not coincidentally, from generations of jewellers and metalsmiths, including makers of armour. A deep understanding of metallurgy is pivotal to Oliver’s practice, built on a working knowledge of gold and silver and expanding to encompass toolmaking and particularly the composition and historical use of steel.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Vipoo Srivilasa is a Melbourne-based artist whose friendly, child-like joy for life belies his serious dedication to the mastery of ceramics. Originally from Bangkok, Vipoo moved to Australia about 20 years ago and, since then, has become one of Australia’s most widely exhibited artists.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Tjunkaya Tapaya divides her time as an artist painting for Ernabella Arts in the mornings and weaving in the afternoons for Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Tjunkaya is a member of the Pitjantjatjara people. She was born in the desert in the far northwest of South Australia near Attila (Mount Connor). Her mother had walked from Walytjitjata, in the Northern Territory, and arrived at Ernabella Mission at Pukatja shortly after Tjunkaya’s birth. Now a senior Anangu woman based at Ernabella in South Australia, Tjunkaya holds senior positions in her community and is a keeper of culture and stories. It is these stories and experiences that she weaves into her work, an important element being to pass on culture and skills to new generations of makers.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Louise Weaver is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist whose experimental approach sees her working across a range of different materials and mediums.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes
Liz Williamson is a weaver based in Sydney. Creating woven structures has been a fascination, passion and creative practice for her since taking a weaving course in the late 1970s.
Filmmaker and photography: Angus Lee Forbes