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Yhonnie Scarce


Jesse Marlow



Glass is the choice of medium for the politically inclined works of Kokatha and Nukunu artist, Yhonnie Scarce. Though the glass is blown at Adelaide’s JamFactory, a home studio is the ideal private space for contemplation and research.

Interview by Toby Fehily. Photography by Jesse Marlow.

Yhonnie: I keep a workspace at home. It’s quite an intimate little space. It’s where I work on the ideas and the research-based part of my practice. I do all the physical work, all the actual glassblowing, in Adelaide’s JamFactory. It works better for me to have the two separate. Here, I like to lay my works-in-progress out on the table and look at them and think about them. I only box them up when they’re completed.



Every day in the workspace is different, it just depends on what I’m working on.

Emails are always first priority, though, and I just take it from there.

It’s very much like a 9-to-5 job. It does make life difficult when you’re taking phone calls and doing a lot of admin while trying to work on ideas. I’m yet to figure out the perfect balance.

– May 2015

Yhonnie Scarce’s new installation, Hollowing Earth is on display at TarraWarra Museum of Art, 18 February – 14 May 2017. More information here.

Jesse Marlow

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