Midge-Johansen

Midge Johansen is a sculptor, potter, poet, teacher and author (‘The Dinkum Dictionary’ - Viking O’Neil/Penguin Books Australia Ltd. 1988, and ‘The Penguin Book Of Australian Slang’ – Penguin Books Australia Ltd. 1966) with an absolute passion for her craft, applying her energies to clay, resins, cast able stones and mixed-media to produce a wide variety of original sculpture and art works.

Established in her practice for 30 years, Midge has extensive experience as a ceramic teacher and professional artist involved in collaborative practice and working with members of the community in promoting and achieving artistic endeavors, and is experienced in conducting ceramic workshops with various art groups, organizations, and schools. Midge has the skills relevant to act in the capacity of artist project manager for private or collaborative artworks, including innovative ceramic practice, administration, technical knowledge and financial skills, and has a well-equipped studio and kiln facility. Midge has acted in the capacity of leading artist and artwork project manager in facilitating the making and installation of a hand-made ceramic mosaic public artwork within the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens (2007) where she trained a multi-cultural group of emerging artists in the ceramic techniques required to construct and install the artwork ‘Quilt Of Diversity’.

As Artist in Residency at Coomera Anglican College, Midge worked with the students to produce a hand-made ceramic mosaic artwork using the theme of ‘redemption & forgiveness’ installed within the school grounds as a public artwork project.

Winner of numerous awards and prizes, Midge’s ceramic work is represented in the permanent collection of the Queensland Art Gallery – described as an example of ‘West-coast Funk’, she gave permission for this work to be used as part of an installation in the Asia-Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art. Her work is also represented in public and private collections such as the Gold Coast City Council, Somerset College, G.C. Potters’ Association, Beachcomber International Resort, Gold Coast Botanic Gardens.

The inspiration for Midge’s work is borne not only from an admiration of the human form – especially the beauty, myth, spirit and flowing symmetry of the female – but also from a desire to comment on what is going on in her life from a female perspective. She often sets out to challenge society’s mores and customs, adding mischief, humour, kitsch and the bizarre to make light of many heavy subjects.
Midge embraces the strengths, weaknesses, endurance and sexuality of women whilst commenting on the restrictions imposed by traditional values of chastity and modesty. Whilst contemplating the humorous side of the serious, mundane and forbidden issues of society, sex and gender issues her pieces often reflect humour, innuendo, fantasy and social comment.

Not only adept with the human form, Midge is also an accomplished potter, and employs hand-built and slip-cast techniques to create large pieces for sculptural adornment and glaze decoration, including 22 Carat gold and platinum lustres. She also enjoys the incendiary delights of Raku-firing and post-firing reduction and holds many workshops in this technique.

 A long-standing and active member of the Sculptors’ Society Gold Coast Inc. and Gold Coast Potters Assoc. Inc., Midge has also applied her vast energies and knowledge to serve on various committees such as the Sculptors’ Society Gold Coast Inc., Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award and Gold Coast Global Sculpture Prize Inc. She has also been invited to judge several art exhibitions.

Midge has a long history of teaching, including ten years with the Victorian Education Department, five years of teaching the Sculpture Course at Gold Coast T.A.F.E. College and more than two decades of teaching clay hand-building techniques in classes for the Sculptors’ Society, which she continues to do today.

Midge’s ability to hold ceramic workshops for large groups is often sought by organisations and schools throughout the region, and she continues to pass on her skills in intensive workshops to many such groups, including Beaudesert Potters Assoc., Tweed Unlimited Arts, Sculptors’ Society Gold Coast Inc., MAGIC Inc. (Multicultural Arts Groups In Collaboration), Artist in Residence, Coomera Anglican College.

Commissions include the employment of a vast body of knowledge in ceramic, resin casting and other sculptural techniques for private, business and corporate bodies such as Beachcomber International Hotel, Avica Weddings & Resort, Clout Design, Gold Coast Botanic Gardens for MAGIC Inc.

Midge currently holds regular classes for beginners and advanced students at the premises of the Sculptors’ Society Gold Coast Inc. situated at Mudgeeraba, and also has a kiln-firing service for ceramic artists. She exhibits her artworks regularly and continues to support local schools and organizations with their annual art exhibitions, together with donating works to charitable organizations and her work is represented in several commercial galleries within SE Queensland. She also has 30 years of experience as a curator of many art exhibitions, applying a hands-on knowledge of the logistics required in a collaborative approach. 

 

Midge Johansen –Awards & Commissions

1979 - First Prize.............................Hand-built......................Nerang Festival Of Arts
1979 - First Prize.............................Hand-built......................Nerang Festival Of Arts
1981 - First Prize.............................Hand-built......................Nerang Festival Of Arts
1983 - First Prize.............................Hand-built......................Nerang Festival Of Arts
1986 - First Prize.............................Hand-built......................Nerang Festival Of Arts
1988 - First Prize.............................Hand-built......................Nerang Festival Of Arts
1988 - First Prize.............................Hand-built......................Currumbin Festival Of Arts
1988 - First Prize
John Cooper Memorial Award..Sculpture.......................Society Of Sculptors Gold Coast
1994 - RSM Hamilton Award
Acquisitive............................Sculpture.......................9th National Gold Coast Sculpture Award
1994 - Highly Commended...............Sculpture.......................9th National Gold Coast Sculpture Award
1994 - Artist In residence.................Clay Sculpture Workshop...Beaudesert Potters Inc
1995 - First Prize
John Cooper Memorial Award
..Sculpture.......................Society Of Sculptors Gold Coast
1996 - Judge...................................Doll Sculpture.................NODAAA
1996 - Artist In Residence................Hand-built Pottery...........Beaudesert Potters Inc
1996 - Cronulla Award Acquisitive.... Hand-built.....................Gold Coast Potters’ Assoc Inc.
1996 - Highly Commended...............Sculpture......................11th National Gold Coast Sculpture Awards
1998 - First Prize.............................Sculpture......................Australian Red Cross Gold Coast Hinterland Art Festival
1999 - First Prize.............................Sculpture......................Australian Red Cross Gold Coast Hinterland Art Festival
1999 - Highly Commended...............Lustre Pottery................Gold Coast Potters’ Assoc Inc.
1999 - People’s Choice Award
Acquired for Royal Blind Society – Sydney
                                      ................Sculpture......................Australian Tactile Art Prize
Customs House Sydney
2001 - First Prize.............................Wild Life Sculpture...........Marymount Art Festival
2001 - Artist In Residence................Clay Demonstration..........Trinity Lutheran Primary School
2004 - First Prize.............................Ceramics........................Springfest Currumbin Art Festival
2004 - Commission..........................To construct ceramic sculptural wall murals and water feature
at Avica Weddings & Resort Facility, Merrimac, Gold Coast Qld
2004 - Gordon Foulds Award.............Sculpture.......................Exotic Erotic Exh Sculptors Society Gold Coast
2004 - First Prize..............................Raku Ceramics................Qld Pottery Supplies Award Gold Coast Potters
2004 - Highly Commended................Sculpture.......................D’Arcy Doyle Inaugural Art prize
2005 - Artist In residence..................Clay Sculpture..................Tweed Unlimited Arts
2005 - Artist In Residence.................Clay Sculpture.................Beaudesert Potters Inc
2005 - First Prize..............................Pottery..........................Paradise Kids Art Exhibition
2005 - First Prize..............................Ceramics........................Paradise Kids Art Exhibition
2005 - Second Prize..........................Sculpture.......................Paradise Kids Art Exhibition
2005 - Highly Commended................Sculpture.......................Sculptors’ Society Ann Members exh
2005 - Highly Commended................Ceramics........................Springfest Art Festival
2005 - Highly Commended................Sculpture.......................Exotic Erotic Exh Sculptors’ Society GC

2005 - Commission..........................To construct sculptural resin ceiling-mounted light fittings
for the Beachcomber International Resort foyer, Coolangatta.
2005 - Artist In Residence................Clay Sculpture Workshop....MAGIC (Multicultural Arts Groups In Collaboration
2006 - Highly Commended...............Sculpture, Nude...............Sculptors’ Soc Annual Members’ Exh
2007 - First Prize.............................Sculpture, Nude...............Just Nudes Exhibition, Ipswich Art
Society
2007 - First Prize.............................Hand-built (bananas)........Gold Coast Potters’ Assoc Annual
Members’ Exhibition Edith Battrick
Memorial Award
2007 - First Prize.............................Sculpture ‘Lady Fingers’.....Exotic Erotic Exh Sculptors’ Society GC
2007 - Second Prize.........................Sculpture, Nude Cold Cast Bronze...Nundah Art Festival
2007 - Artist In Residence................Clay Torso Workshop.........Coomera Anglican College
2007 - Artist In Residence................Public Art Work................Gold Coast Botanic Gardens,
Leading Artist- handmade ceramic-
tile wall mosaic ‘Quilt Of Diversity’ for
MAGIC (Multicural Arts Groups In
Collaboration)
2008 - Third Prize.............................Sculpture, Nude
Cold Cast Marble.............Just Nudes Exh, Ipswich Art Society
2008 - First Prize
John Cooper Memorial Award
............Sculpture (Fruit Bowl)......Sculptors’ Society GC Members Exh
2008 - Highly Commended................Handbuilt Pottery............Kenilworth Art Festival 2008
2008 - Second Prize.........................Sculpture Nude................Nundah Art Festival
2008 - Artist In Residence................Clay Mosaic – installed in
school grounds................Coomera Anglican College
2009 - Highly Commended................culpture.........................Passion & Desire, Sculptors Society GC
2010 - Highly Commended................Sculpture- lustre teapot...Exotic Erotic Exh GC Sculptors’ Society

2011 - First Prize..............................Sculpture......................Just Nudes Exh, Ipswich Art Society
2011 - Third Prize.............................Sculpture.......................Just Nudes Exh, Ipswich Art Society
2011 - Third Prize.............................Sculpture - Torso............Trinity Lutheran College Art Show
2011 - A & M Insurance
People's Choice Award 
..........Slipcast sculpture   'My Throne' ....................Gold Coast Potters’
Assoc Annual Members’ Exhibition
2011 - First Prize..............................Ceramic Sculpture
'Cockles'........................Exotic Erotic Exhibition Sculptors’ Society GC
2011 - Highly Commended................Sculpture, mixed media.....Exotic Erotic Exh GC Sculptors’ Society

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