Artist floor talk – Cathy Franzi

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

16 May 2021

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm


National Archives of Australia
National Office
Kings Avenue, Parkes ACT



Enjoy our series of artist floor talks, presented as part of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. Gain insight into the artist's thought processes, and how the works were created.

Cathy Franzi's artwork Coast Banksia (porcelain) was Highly Commended in the Open category.

Artist Statement

Coast Banksia is an exploration of plant form using sgraffito, in which I carve through black engobe to reveal the white porcelain of the wheel-thrown and altered vessel below. My art practice is underpinned by a background in science and doctoral research in the visual arts to investigate the representation of Australian flora on the ceramic surface as a way to express environmental and botanical knowledge.

Banksia integrifolia subsp. integrifolia is endemic to the southeast coast of mainland Australia and despite growing on coastal sand dunes was impacted last summer by devastating fires. Regeneration, although visible, is becoming increasingly complex.