Maricelle Olivier is an emerging South African artist exploring her personal history and
creating her own space of belonging through the medium of ceramics. The repetitive nature
of Maricelle’s practice relates to the patterns that adorn the surfaces on her work. Unpacking
her cultural identity and heritage, the vessels transform into embodiments to hold and reflect
Although Maricelle immigrated to Australia fifteen years ago, a strong connection
to her culture, language and country remains through her contemporary ceramic works.
Maricelle currently lives in Canberra, ACT. Practicing as a full-time artist, she works from
her beautiful, sun-lit studio at the Canberra Watson Arts Centre. Maricelle completed a BFA
and MFA in Ceramics at the National Art School, graduating in 2018. Maricelle is
represented by Sabbia Gallery in Sydney and Beaver Galleries in Canberra.
Maricelle has participated in many group exhibitions around Australia, most recently in the
Australasian Art Fair Sydney Contemporary and the major exhibition Clay Dynasty at the
Powerhouse Museum. Her work has also been selected in the finalist exhibitions the North
Queensland Ceramic Awards (2022) and the Lake Art Prize (2020), and a selection of works
has been acquired into the National Art School Collection and City of Sydney Collection.
Maricelle previously worked as the Ceramic Studio Manager from 2019 until 2021 at
Ernabella Arts Centre, an Indigenous art centre located in far north-west remote South
Image courtesy of Sabbia Gallery