“Funny how life is circular,” Nadja said while she spoke about her young life wanting to be an artist, but studying languages; French, German and Spanish to suit her family, but then returning to art later in her life. Coming from a hugely successful opening of her recent ceramics’ exhibition, ‘Brave Front’ at ‘The Wall’ in the Eastside Mall, Ulladulla, Nadja Burke described the inspiration for many of her amazing sculptures. Her recent body of work is inspired by letters by her grandfather from the Russian front in 1945. She was surprised by their banality and the overriding tone of hope, even though his situation was desperate and he died two months before the end of the war. Intensely personal work has been opened bare for all to see, questioning the humanity of war; who benefits, who suffers?
Nadja admitted that she ‘Never takes the easy path; always steering toward a challenge,’ and consequently, sometimes deals with failure to achieve success. Nadja’s High School Art Teacher, Kaya Sulc, a Czec with a wonderful accent, would walk around the classroom screaming ‘don’t use black!’ Catching up with him again seventeen years ago, his creativity still inspires her today; the circular life.
Living in Paris for a time, Nadja worked for Louis Vuitton. After returning to Australia, having degrees in languages, she completed a Diploma of Education and taught languages at High School. She also studied Ceramics at Western Sydney TAFE, and in 2013, completed a Master of Art in Ceramics at Australian National University (ANU) Distance learning, beginning with another challenge; a self-portrait series with Japanese/American artist Hirotsune Tashima.
An exhibition with a difference at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney focussed on touch where people were invited to touch the work; something that could be engaged with by a blind person. Nadja said that was a lot of fun. Many locals and visitors may have seen Nadja’s sculptures at Escape ARTfest venues, Petana Gardens, Stanthorpe, Bowral, Townsville, Bermagui, Shoalhaven City Gallery, and ‘The Wall’ in Ulladulla, or heard her speaking at ‘Pecha Kucha’ on the notion of Failure, a necessary ingredient in the creative mix. ‘A harsh teacher, but the most honest, giving no false praise!’ Nadja said.
Completing workshops in China and another recently in Tasmania, with her all time inspirational ceramist Sergei Isupov, Nadja is constantly learning and experiencing new influences for the next stage in her amazingly creative life.
Birthday Girl for October
One of our members from Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club is having her birthday in October. Congratulations Maurene Hawken. We wish you all the best on your special day and always. Next Meet and Greet morning tea/coffee will be on Saturday 26 October, 2019 at the Ulladulla Civic Centre Café. We welcome members, family, and friends at our monthly, casual get together. Come and join us!
Next Meeting – All Welcome
The next dinner meeting of Ulladulla Evening VIEW Club will be at 6.00pm for 6.30pm on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Dunn and Lewis Centre, Ulladulla. For further information, please contact our President, Monica Morrison.