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Robyn Phelan


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Milestones for Two Centuries of Women Climbers, 2012

An installation of ceramic sculpture.

Hidden in the rare books collection in the State Library of Melbourne is a collection of 800 books on mountaineering. These books primarily record the domination of mountain peaks by males. However the collection also reveals the extraordinary achievement of women climbers since 1808. I Can See For Miles commemorates these women.

Each of the 19 cabinets will be filled with a separate art object creating an overall contour of a mountain.

Artist Practice

My sculptural practice records in clay, observations of art history and culture, experienced through travel, study or in museum collections.
It is my challenge to bring together sculptural forms and pictorial content to create narrative associations, tell stories and raise questions for the viewer.
I am drawn to the qualities inherent in the hand-built vessel. My sculptures are made by the direct and individual mark and pressure of my hand. I exploit the evocative and tangible beauty found in the craft of the ceramics process.

Images L-R: Lucy Walker, American mountaineer, 1871; Louise Shepherd, Australian Climber, 1994; 2012, watercolour on paper.