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Ancient Vessels

Red Fish Tale

Flotilla of Flowers

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Remnants of Culture

Florilegium - Gathering
of Flowers

Fish 2

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Ebb and Flow

Window into
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Connected to Earth

Venetian Vessels

Casuarina Dreaming 1


Casuarina Dreaming 2







rhondda millen

15 - 30 May

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'Artefacts left behind by earlier civilizations carry with them deeply embedded codes of meaning.  Artefacts, such as pottery, can become visual ‘messengers’ that bridge past worlds to the present even when full forms have been lost

In previous exhibitions I have represented vessels as artefacts, buried in deep earth, cast upon sea-shores, scattered on the ocean bed and buried in river silt. I expanded the concept of the vessel to incorporate a variety of plant fruits as vessels of botanical conveyance to the future.

In this exhibition, I have concentrated on human artefacts, and in particular, several works incorporate fragments of the ‘cord pattern’ pottery of the Jomon people; the artefacts of the original Neolithic people to inhabit Japan. Their pottery reveals a transition from an initial hunter- gatherer society, with small, cord- patterned’ pots, to a more abundant sedentary society that used larger vessels with more elaborate designs for storing fish and grains.

My prints are all ‘unique state’ and made up of layers. I deliberately use my screens at times to blur the edges and create grainy textures, to emphasise strong visual connections to the earth.

In other works I have sought to convey the powerful narrative that artefacts can weave and project, often through incredible journeys across time. In their re-emergence into the present, these remnants of the past can build dreams about the identity of their creators and enhance our own lives.

Rhondda taught in the Arts for many years and now works from a studio in Aireys Inlet, Victoria. She has been shortlisted in the Burnie Print Prize and has exhibited her prints at Deakin University and Metropolis Gallery in Geelong and Port Jackson Press in Melbourne. Her work is represented in private and institutional collections.'

Rhondda Millen