Artisans in the Gardens
I had my work in this years exhibition, with six ceramics and two paintings.
Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 October at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
“The popular Artisans in the Gardens exhibition returns, in 2013, for its thirteenth year. In keeping with its iconic location the exhibition will showcase the work of some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and craftspeople along with Indigenous Australian artists.
The exhibition will feature the works of artists from around Australia including emerging and established contemporary jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, textile artists, weavers and sculptors.
This annual spring exhibition, presented by Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens, brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans whose inspiration for their outstanding work is drawn from the beauty and complexity of nature.”
My artist statement;
The ceramic work and paintings are inspired by the Australian landscape ensuing from a recent residency at The Art Vault, in Mildura, Victoria and painting trips to regional NSW.
A conversation between clay and paint culminating in totemic symbols of the landscape; the river, the trees, the rocks and the broader special vistas. The stoneware ceramic vessels are hand built, a direct and tactile link to the earth. Painterly marks are applied with glaze, transformed in the heat of the kiln, iron oxide bleeds through the ceramic surface to create an alchemy of glaze, gestural marks and clay.
In recent times floods and rainfall have transformed the fragile semi arid landscape of inland Australia. This tension between the arid and abundant, layered histories, echoing past stories with unearthed relics, the cyclical nature of the environment with its destruction and renewal, are mirrored by the resilience and fortitude needed in life itself.
The ceramic artist, Jenny Orchard
The ceramic artist, Sarah O’Sullivan
Textiles by Injalat Art & Craft Association
This was the first year there was also the accompanying Artisans Sculpture Walk in the Botanical Gardens itself.
“For a new perspective on the Garden take a stroll along the Artisans Sculpture Walk. This inaugural exhibition opens on Saturday 12 October and will see the addition of 12 stunning new sculptures to the Garden. It will feature a diverse range of contemporary artists working in both ephemeral and traditional mediums. These installations of steel, bamboo, timber, plastic and wire will adress the instinsic beauty of nature, the changing Australian landscape, botany and contemporary environment concerns. The works set in the Garden will create a rich and playful dialogue between the artists and the viewer.”
Rae Bolotin, ‘Seed Form 5’
Kevin Draper, ‘Threshold’
Also the Botanical Garden itself became an installation in itself!