Living and working in Sydney, Jenny Orchard has travelled a unique path making figurative hybrid ceramics called Zookiniis or Interbeings, totemic forms and vessels since the early 1980’s. Her work continues to explore these forms as well as drawing, painting and collage. Orchard is preoccupied with exploring liminal states of being, and celebrating the diversity of material form.
Drawn from a metaphoric spirit world of Orchards imagination, her sculptures offer evidence of the inner workings of mind, dream, spirit and memory. Both fragile and complex, Orchard’s works have a strangely vulnerable presence and their purpose is perhaps an ultimately unknowable mystery.
Jenny has exhibited widely, taking part in International shows and conferences including the second Jakarta Ceramics Biennale in 2014, Art from Australia at the Gail Museum in Seoul, and Uncertain Paradise at the Imazoo Gallery Seoul 2015. Her work has featured in Sculptural Objects and Functional Art at Chicago and Miami, Ceramic Art from Australia at the Tao Gallery Tokyo and Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney in 2009 2010 and 2011. In 2017, she won both the National Self Portrait Award and the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Awarad. Her work is represented in most state and regional galleries, many major private collections and the Aichi Prefecture Government Design Collection, Japan.