I am exhibiting a painting and ceramics in a group exhibition ‘Gesture‘ at the Blue Mountains Grammar School, curated by Gabrielle Jones. Fellow artists exhibited are Susan Baird, Anthony Cahill, Adrienne Doig, Coco Elder, Clara Hali, Julie Harris, Josh Honeyman, Polyxenia Joannou, Mathew Lynn, Rowen Matthews, David Middlebrook and Neil Taylor. From 5th September to the 28th of November 2014, Matcham Avenue, Wentworth Falls, NSW. The theme ‘Gesture’ refers to the subject or style of the drawing/artwork, and also refers also to the fact of drawing (with the hand) as well as the gesture that we, as artists, extend to each other, the community.
‘Marking the terrain’, 98 x 107 cm, acrylic on linen, 2013,’River country’ stoneware ceramic with glaze, 55 x 35 x 23 cm 2014 , Sediment echoes’ stoneware ceramic with glaze, 54.5 x 30 x 30 cm, 2014 ‘Undercurrents’ stoneware ceramic with glaze, 55 x 41 x 28 cm, 2012
“My work explores the notion of landscape, and its inland river systems. In an enduring Australian landscape, the river is a vital and pivotal force, the bestowal of fertility, a source of survival, with it cyclical nature of renewal and destruction. The use of mark making and gesture is pivotal in my art practice, echoed in both my paintings and ceramic works. Totemic symbols of the landscape; the river, the trees, the rocks and the broad spatial vistas infuse the work. The sculptural hand built ceramic forms are a direct and tactile link to the earth, acting as a three-dimensional canvas on which glaze is applied in a painterly mark making gesture. During the process of firing, iron oxide in the stoneware clay bleeds through the ceramic surface creating alchemy of glaze, gestural marks and clay. The painterly gestural mark derives its origins from initial sketches in the landscape and the drawn line. It is an exploration of the interplay and tension between the mark and the hand built form. My works are a conversation between paint and clay.”