Tarntanya / Adelaide, SA
"These ancient forces cause destruction to our modern world but they are the essential movement of our Earth, breathing life into the desert. We have changed our landscape, but we cannot change the ebb and flow of the desert."
Alfred Lowe is an Arrernte person from Snake Well, north of Mparntwe / Alice Springs. Alfred uses clay and ceramics to explore themes of Country using form and texture informed by his intimate knowledge of the Central Desert landscape.
About the Artist
Alfred Lowe grew up in Mparntwe / Alice Springs and moved to Tarntanya/Adelaide in 2014 to pursue university studies. He began making ceramics in early 2021 and now practises daily at the APY Studio in Tarntanya/Adelaide.
Alfred hand-builds organic vessels and applies underglazes and a range of mark-making to his surfaces.
Alfred�s interest in fine arts is inspired by his upbringing. He lived next door to artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO (c. 1932 � 2002) late in Clifford�s career and recalls standing on truck tyres to peer over the fence and watch him paint for hours at a time. He also lived opposite Araluen Arts and Cultural Precinct and spent a significant amount of time there.
Central Australia is a politically and racially charged region and this has fuelled Alfred�s keen interest in politics and racial justice, particularly the ways in which culture and identity are navigated and manifested in modern times. As an early career artist, Alfred knows these themes are underlying in his work, and is examining how these influences and experiences are reflected in his artistic practice.