Maria Parmenter makes predominantly hand built ceramics, creating domestic scale sculptural forms and a select range of functional ware. Focusing on the strange beauty in the ordinary and the simple poetry that is everyday life, her recent work highlights this beauty through notions of memory and personal experience. Exploring the space between, the sense or feeling that exists between ones reality and the unknown, these hybrid but evocative forms are reminiscent of a previous time or experience. Uniquely rendered and grouped to infer an uneasy dialogue these quiet forms capture the ambiguity of recollection. Parmenter has used her personal history to inform her work, moving house frequently as a child and living and travelling extensively overseas has provided a mobile foundation for her memories. This lack of permanency has fostered a desire to investigate attachment to objects, their histories and their significance in individual's memories.
Maria completed her honours degree at South Australian School of Art and a design associateship in ceramics at Adelaide’s Jamfactory: Centre for contemporary craft and design. Currently bases in a studio at her Adelaide home, she makes work predominantly for exhibition or commission and has exhibited nationally within both contemporary craft and visual art arenas.