Spring certainly is in the air…and it’s all about flourishing. I have three exhibitions coming up over September and October.
Surfacing 27 September – 21 October 2018 Opening “Afternoon With The Artist”: 29 September 10-4 Sydney Road Gallery, Seaforth, Sydney
Catriona Pollard’s solo exhibition ‘Surfacing’ offers stunning works of sculptural basketry and assemblage works that explore the concept of layers of self and oneness by applying material and techniques to different surfaces. Catriona uses natural surroundings to inspire her and find that through the observation and interaction with nature she has developed works that allow colour, texture and organic form to surface. More information below.
Artisans In The Gardens 12 – 21 October 2018 Lions Gate Lodge Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney
A celebration of the natural world, Artisans in the Gardens, now in its 18th year, brings together an extraordinary range of artwork. The exhibition showcases some of Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople with over 2,000 artworks including sculpture, ceramics, hand blown glass, jewellery, textiles, plus so much more. More information here.
Exhalation of the Trees 22 September – 2 December 2018 Mosman Gallery – InProfile Solo
As trees exhale, we inhale. Through the ethereal beauty and harmonised rawness of ‘Exhalation of the Trees’ I am asking the viewer to see; to notice. Transforming found organic material into sculptures creates moments for people to view the natural world around them in a different way.
Celebrated Sydney fibre artist Catriona Pollard’s fourth solo exhibition ‘surfacing’ offers stunning works of sculptural basketry and assemblage works that explore the concept of layers of self and oneness by applying material and techniques to organic surfaces.
Running from 27 September to 21 October 2018 at Sydney Road Gallery, the sculptures are made from foraged plant material, and through the observation and interaction with nature Ms Pollard has developed works for this exhibition that allow colour, texture and organic form to surface.
Ms Pollard uses the process of exploring nature to inspire her, and the work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into shapes that celebrate the abundance of nature.
“By placing ourselves in nature, removed from the constant interruptions of the digital life we now live, it allows an expansion of our creative expression and an uncovering of deeper layers of self. Through these sculptures, I’m giving the viewer an opportunity to experience this idea of oneness with nature,” said Ms Pollard.
“Highlighting a deep connection with the natural world, the sculptures offer up the idea that we should see nature as part of us rather than simply an object that has no meaning or spirit. And to see ourselves in harmony with the natural world around us.”
“My work transforms the inherent beauty of nature into moments that encourage reflection and connection. Nature plays an important part of helping us become fully aware of who we are. It inspires us to expand, but also forces us to confront whatever stands in way of that expansion; to see the layers of self,” said Ms Pollard.
Ms Pollard has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions and has been shortlisted in many art awards and was recently finalist in the Northern Beaches Art Prize. She is currently Artist InProfile at the Mosman Art Gallery.
Her work highlights the link between raw foraged organic materials, like vines and seed pods, with earthy materials like base metals including copper, and natural elements like charcoal, clay and silk.
When: 27 September – 21 October 2018
Meet The Artist: Saturday 29 September 1 – 4pm
Times: Thursday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Sydney Road Gallery, 563 Sydney Road Seaforth NSW 2092