Reservoir (Spring) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Reservoir (Spring)
Reservoir (Spring) 2024
Reservoir (Spring)Natalie O'LoughlinReservoir (Spring)
Reservoir (Spring)2024
glazed stoneware
32 x 48 x 19 cm
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Cauldron Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Cauldron
Cauldron 2024
CauldronNatalie O'LoughlinCauldron
Cauldron2024
glazed stoneware
31 x 20 x 17 cm
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A Vision (In Embers) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - A Vision (In Embers)
A Vision (In Embers) 2024
A Vision (In Embers)Natalie O'LoughlinA Vision (In Embers)
A Vision (In Embers)2024
glazed earthenware
26 x 13 x 13 cm
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Mirage (Oasis) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Mirage (Oasis)
Mirage (Oasis) 2024
Mirage (Oasis)Natalie O'LoughlinMirage (Oasis)
Mirage (Oasis)2024
glazed stoneware
58 x 12 x 12 cm
$880  ENQUIRE
Abyss (After A.M) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Abyss (After A.M)
Abyss (After A.M) 2024
Abyss (After A.M)Natalie O'LoughlinAbyss (After A.M)
Abyss (After A.M)2024
glazed stoneware
48 x 22 x 22 cm
$950  ENQUIRE
Cauldron (study) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Cauldron (study)
Cauldron (study) 2024
Cauldron (study)Natalie O'LoughlinCauldron (study)
Cauldron (study)2024
glazed stoneware
24 x 16 x 12 cm
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Reliquary Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Reliquary
Reliquary 2024
ReliquaryNatalie O'LoughlinReliquary
Reliquary2024
glazed stoneware
47 x 15 x 12 cm
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Mirage (Torch) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Mirage (Torch)
Mirage (Torch) 2024
Mirage (Torch)Natalie O'LoughlinMirage (Torch)
Mirage (Torch)2024
glazed stoneware
54 x 14 x 14 cm
$880  ENQUIRE
Oil (After AM) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Oil (After AM)
Oil (After AM) 2024
Oil (After AM)Natalie O'LoughlinOil (After AM)
Oil (After AM)2024
glazed earthernware
24 x 22 x 22 cm
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Guardian (Sand) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Guardian (Sand)
Guardian (Sand) 2024
Guardian (Sand)Natalie O'LoughlinGuardian (Sand)
Guardian (Sand)2024
glazed stoneware
62 x 13 x 13 cm
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A Vision (Celestial Pathway) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - A Vision (Celestial Pathway)
A Vision (Celestial Pathway) 2024
A Vision (Celestial Pathway)Natalie O'LoughlinA Vision (Celestial Pathway)
A Vision (Celestial Pathway)2024
glazed stoneware
49 x 26 x 23 cm
$950  ENQUIRE
Mirage (Last Light) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Mirage (Last Light)
Mirage (Last Light) 2024
Mirage (Last Light)Natalie O'LoughlinMirage (Last Light)
Mirage (Last Light)2024
glazed stoneware
55 x 13 x 13 cm
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Preserving Time Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Preserving Time
Preserving Time 2024
Preserving TimeNatalie O'LoughlinPreserving Time
Preserving Time2024
glazed stoneware
26 x 29 x 19 cm
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Guardian (Gloss) Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Guardian (Gloss)
Guardian (Gloss) 2024
Guardian (Gloss)Natalie O'LoughlinGuardian (Gloss)
Guardian (Gloss)2024
glazed stoneware
62 x 13 x 13 cm
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Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS' Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS' 2024
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'Natalie O'LoughlinInstallation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'2024
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS' Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS' 2024
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'Natalie O'LoughlinInstallation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'2024
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS' Natalie O'Loughlin Natalie O'Loughlin - Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS' 2024
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'Natalie O'LoughlinInstallation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'
Installation View 'STRANGE ALTARS'2024

Strange Altars

In ‘Strange Altars’ the act of worship is examined, as ceramic vessels take on the function of religious ornamentation, challenging traditions and prompting the viewer to reconsider their prescribed beliefs. Firstly, clay is molded into conical forms, which are then glazed to add texture and colour, this process reimagines nostalgic religious figures and symbols, transforming the relics and their embedded histories into alternative sacred incarnations.

Natalie O’Loughlin, 2024


It helps to treat artworks as lively personalities in their own right. One strange question I sometimes pose to an object is: yeah, you look pretty good, but are you in tune with the cosmos? It's a way to temporarily step outside of your own biases and consider the life trajectory of more-than-human things. While O'Loughlin’s vessels operate within the traditional bounds of ceramics, they also gesture towards something more vital, even wild.

In her 2017 text ‘Wild Things’, Hilde Bouchez makes the distinction between tame and wild objects. Tame things tend to be stripped of their own power and agency, like commercialized products made by a well-known designer. Wild things, on the other hand, contain a type of ordinary beauty where the material itself speaks, rather than the person who made it. They possess an aura that taps into a deeper level of consciousness. It’s the antithesis to the environment of the shopping centre.

O’Loughlin is a shape-sorcerer who crafts wonky families of ceramic vessels. In one blood- red piece, its proudly glossy exterior gives the impression it came out of the kiln with an air of defiance. Nearby, shyer ones with low-slung bodies covered in chalkboard-dry, scumbly brushwork speak a softer language. Each work feels more like a distant cousin rather than a close sibling. Some strike angular poses like a spinning top as it starts to slow down and lose its centre of gravity.

Staged upon a series of platform steps as if patiently waiting to board a spacecraft, each piece in Strange Altars appears like an offering from a distant planet, beckoning for its own terms of adoration. With an emphasis on craftsmanship and tactility, they speak to the quiet power of the material world in connecting us to outer realms.

Mason Kimber, 2024

Natalie O’Loughlin is a Gadigal/Sydney based multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores the expressive potential of the vessel for holding experiences, thoughts and emotions. In the ceramic medium, O’Loughlin finds an ideal container for her conceptual and material explorations into the relationship between process and form. She describes the practice of working with clay as one of constant learning and unlearning, of relinquishing control and surrendering to the material’s inherent tendencies.

The specific materiality of the ceramic medium is celebrated in striking conical forms: deliberately asymmetrical, curved yet angular, the surfaces dimpled with imprinted marks from the artist’s hand. The artist’s meditations permeate the porous material throughout the process of creation, transferring from one living vessel to another. In this way, O’Loughlin’s sculptures can be understood as containers that hold space for contemplation and possibility.

Natalie O'Loughlin

  • Born 1990, Gimuy/ Cairns, Queensland

    EDUCATION

    2019

    • Bachelor of Design, University of New South Wales Art & Design, Sydney

    2013

    • Cert II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Screen Printing), Ultimo Tafe, Sydney

    2012

    • Diploma of Applied Fashion and Design Technology, Ultimo Tafe, Sydney

      SOLO EXHIBITIONS

        2024

        • 'Strange Altars', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

        2023

        • 'Repeat After Me', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

        2022

        • 'Holding Voids', Scratch Art Space, Marrickville

        GROUP EXHIBITIONS

        2022

        • 'End of Year Show', Leichardt, Sydney
        • 'Cut n Polish', Carriageworks, Eveleigh

        2019

        • 'Open Living Room', Private Residence, Sydney
        • 'Finding New Ways of Becoming Old Friends', Three Foot Square, University of New South Wales Art & Design, Sydney

        7 – 21 December 2023
        SMALL WORKS - Click and Collection

        24 May 2023 – 13 June 2023
        Natalie O'Loughlin ‘Repeat After Me’