Sculptural Fibre Artist: CATRIONA POLLARD
It takes an artist to see the true beauty in inanimate objects and visualise how she would use these in a creative form. Her work binds immense femininity, sensitivity and strength. With every piece there is a story to be told. Catriona depicts friends, family and places. What really amazes me is her great sensitivity with the use of materials and the effortless combination of them. Producing often tightness in contrast with fluid form. Jason Woodland, Fanuli
Through my sculptures, I use nature as a way to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, but touches them in a personal and profound way. Transforming discarded organic material into sculptures forces people to view the natural world around them in a different way.
It adds a layer of wonder and contemplative engagement, and can also lead to a reflection on our inner landscape and the question of what would happen if we saw aspects of our lives in different ways.
The forms I weave tell stories relating to friends, family and experiences. They are about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. For me, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.
I predominately use only foraged or discarded organic material to weave and construct beautiful sculptural baskets and forms. Most of my work contains nothing but the organic fibre – no glue or synthetic dyes, and most don’t even use anything to bind it together, such as thread or wire.
Growing up in country NSW with summers at the beach and every other school holidays camping and walking through National Parks has resulted in a deep connection with the natural world around me.
As I walk through the bush tracks around Sydney Harbour inspiration presents itself. I see a fallen tree with the roots exposed and an idea for a sculpture is illuminated. Or as I wade through the rock pools at Balmoral, the shape of the water against the rocks becomes an idea for a sculpture.
Weaving using organic material is about listening to what it wants to be. I may have an idea about what I’m going to create. And then I’ll pick up the material and start the sculpture and the material decides what it wants to become.
My work adds a contemporary layer to the ancient art form of weaving, which is often dismissed as functional craft. My work gives the viewer the opportunity review their assumptions about craft and its potential in art. When they see my work, it forces them to see beyond their concept of basketry.
In addition to sculpture, I also spend time creating ephemeral works as I have an interest in the concept of impermanence within nature and the juxtaposition of society’s current disconnection with it. I use ephemeral artworks to explore these concepts. The process of disintegration of organic material – and spending a day creating art that is simply left to disintegrate is an integral aspect of this exploration.
Predominately self-taught, I have done weaving sessions with Mary Hettmansperger (US), Tim Johnson (UK), Robyn Djunginy (NAIDOC National Artist of the Year), Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Mavis Ganambarr, Meri Peach, (the late) Jim Wallis and acclaimed Australian basket artist (the late) Virginia Kaiser.
My 2015 solo exhibition “Love, Honour, Cherish” was described as emotionally-authentic, uniquely contemporary, raw and visually stunning.
I’ve been shortlisted as Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW (2014, 2015), finalist Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize (2017), Northern Beaches Art Prize (2017), North Sydney Art Prize (2013-2015), Warringah Art Prize (2016), and Mosman Art Gallery 2088 (2011-2017).
My work is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections including Sydney Road Gallery, Australian Design Centre, Sturt Craft and Design Centre, and Fanuli Furniture.
PLAY and WEAVING WORKSHOPS FOR ORGANISATIONS
Experience and explore sculptural basketry techniques, play, innovation and creativity with me.
Learn how to create something from found organic material just using your hands and imagination. By the end of the experience, you will have a sculptural basket and an understanding of the wonderful art of weaving and how to access a deeper sense of creativity and play in your life.
Suitable for adult and weaving beginner.
Get in touch if you would like to tailor a workshop with your work/friends/community/art group etc. Go to Contact us to chat about it.
Sydney Craft Week/Mosman Festival
Sun. 15 October 2017, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mosman Village Yoga
Experience and explore the sculptural basketry technique of random weaving in conjunction with my as part of Craft Week Sydney and Mosman Festival
Book morning: http://bit.ly/randomweave15
Morning and afternoon Sun. 21 May 2017, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 2pm-5pm, Warringah Creative Space 105 Abbott Rd North Curl Curl, NSW
Experience and explore the sculptural basketry technique of random weaving in conjunction with my Fluidity Exhibition
Book morning: http://bit.ly/randomweave21
Book afternoon: http://bit.ly/randomweave21a
Sturt Winter School – Interwoven creativity- weaving natural forms
Spend 5 days with me exploring nature, weaving and creativity at the Sturt Winter School at Mittagong, 3-7 July 2017. Through the lens of nature, explore traditional basketry with a sculptural perspective. Through a series of creative exercises that will connect you with the natural world, you will uncover the secret life in natural materials. This workshop is all about exploration and play not perfection.
To book: http://www.sturt.nsw.edu.au/education/winter-school
UP COMING/CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
11:11 – The Sychronicity of Now
Solo exhibition – A sculptural representation of noticing the extraordinary in everyday moments.
26 October – 12 November 2017
Sydney Road Gallery 561 -563 Sydney Rd, Seaforth
Group exhibition exploring the evolution of ideas and concepts as an artist. The processes undergo evolutionary change, often evolving from simple thoughts into paintings and sculptures.
7 September – 27 September 2017
Sydney Road Gallery 561 -563 Sydney Rd, Seaforth
See full CV here.
Fluidity is body of work by artists Catriona Pollard and Karen Visser which applies a fluid perspective to nature and explores form and texture in two very different ways: sculpture using foraged natural materials and photography that paints nature with light. More information here.
Creative Space 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl
18-28 May 2017
Opening Drinks Saturday 20 May 4-6m
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4pm
Woven in Winter – Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft and Design Centre
11 June – 23 July 2017
Cnr Range Road & Waverley Parade
Mittagong NSW 2575
Her artwork attested to the variations and immense possibilities offered from shaping natural objects. The intersection of the ancient craft of weaving and modern imaginative sculpture was enigmatic and highly inventive.
Viewing the variety of raw materials superbly fashioned to create poignant artworks instantly conveyed a myriad of images of Catriona Pollard’s patient and persistent quest and journeys that precipitated her practice. Collecting palms, vines, stones, willow and a host of other natural materials, intrinsic to her work.
The texture and colour variations are symbolic references to the connection she makes between nature and humanity.Catriona Pollard’s work is was sinuous and imaginative. Rose Niland, NSW Special Features, The Culture Concept Circle
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More information go to my art website: www.Theartofweaving.com.au