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Honor Freeman is an Australian artist based in Adelaide. Her practice reveals a careful observation of the domestic realm and the ordinariness of the everyday objects and mundane tasks that occupy our lives. Working primarily in clay, she harnesses the mimetic properties of porcelain, crafting objects that belie their materiality and purpose.
Freeman completed her studies (with Honours) in 2001 at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. Following graduation, Freeman took up an Associate position and later a Tenant residency in the ceramics studio at JamFactory Craft & Design. Her work has been curated into major exhibitions at institutions throughout Australia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Primavera 2007, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, and Adelaide’s Samstag Museum. She has undertaken international residencies at Guldagergaard, Denmark’s International Ceramic Museum and in the US at Indiana University’s School of Art & Design. In 2006 Freeman travelled to Chile to exhibit and participate in the The South Project and to continue her ongoing project on/off/on, installing slipcast porcelain light switches and powerpoints clandestinely in public spaces.
Freeman has been exhibiting since 2000 and her work is held in numerous private collections as well as important public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, ArtBank, Deakin University Art Gallery and Washington DC’s National Musuem of Women in the Arts in the United States. Her work features in Craft Unbound: Make the Common Precious by Kevin Murray and in the publication 101 Contemporary Australian artists, published by the National Gallery of Victoria. Freeman’s work is in the current exhibition Obsessed: compelled to make (Australian Design Centre) touring nationally until 2021.
Most recently she has been invited to undertake the Guildhouse Collections Project at the Art Gallery of South Australia, the outcome of this residency will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2019.