Carin Dorrington

Ceramic artist Carin Dorrington creates colourful, fantastical, and magical artwork using glazed stoneware and acrylic. These narrative and playful works are similar to her utilitarian ceramic practice, but brought into the world of sculpture through a creative conversation between form and colour. The totem is historically a sacred and spiritual representative object that relates to specific groups and their belief systems, worship, ancestors and identities. Dorrington’s totem series represents contemporary artefacts of worship from the current episteme, our new affinities with the digital, emojis, pop culture, and other playful things that make it into human metaphors for daily existence in the twenty-first century. Her work was exhibited at DAOR Contemporary in 2022 as a part of the show play play alongside artists Katja Abbott and JP Meyer.

Carin Dorrington was born in 1963 in the Paarl, Western Cape. She completed her BA Fine Art (Hon(s)) HED degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1985. Thereafter, she became an art teacher at the Jack Meyer Art Centre in Paarl until 1993. After 1993 she married and moved to Porterville, Western Cape where she taught art privately for 15 years. Currently Dorrington works on slab built, high fired stoneware objects. They have an emphasis on bold colour application and geometric shapes.