sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Jessica Loughlin with receptor of light xi for site

Jessica Loughlin, The artist with 'receptor of light xi', 2020, kilnformed and cold worked glass, 470 h x 580 w x 90mm d

Jessica Loughlin, Maricelle Olivier and Margaret Rarru Garrawurra, Helen Ganalmirriwuy Garrawurra + Mandy Batjula Gaykamangu Collaboration

Sabbia Gallery is pleased to be once again part of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s Premier Art Fair. In partnership with MA Financial Group, running from 7 to 10 September 2023 at the Carriageworks Sydney.

With 90+ participating galleries from Australia and overseas,  Sydney Contemporary presents four days of art, performances, talks and events.

A wonderful opportunity to explore and acquire some of the most exciting art in the country.

Sabbia Gallery is pleased to present Quint Essence, An Exhibition of Five Outstanding Female Artists.

This distinctive exhibition curated for Sydney Contemporary 2023 highlights the diversity in the contemporary art fields of ceramics, glass and fibre by five important artists who each weave their unique cultural background into their artworks. Each artist is united in their relationship to their material, their sense of place and their place within the Australian landscape.

Premier First Nations artists Margaret Rarru Garrawurra (2022 Telstra NATSIAA major award recipient) and Helen Ganalmirriwuy Garrawurra share their expertise with their niece Mandy Batjula Gaykamangu, resulting in a collaborative collection of new artworks in fibre by these three women. The rare black fibre which will be used in the artworks for Sydney Contemporary is an innovation of both the Garrawurra sisters, unique to them, and by sharing this knowledge with Gaykamangu it secures the future generation’s knowledge of this artistry.

South African born Maricelle Olivier is an exciting early career artist whose artworks in ceramics embrace the dramatic and vivid colours of both her mother country and the desert landscape of Australia where she has spent so much time, whilst working at Ernabella in the APY Lands over the last three four years. Olivier’s medium of ceramics provides a link to her personal history and geography. The focal point upon each piece stands as the surface decoration of cross continental interpretations, visually translated onto hand built and wheel thrown forms. Olivier will be creating a spectacular grouping of ceramic forms as a long installation.

Quint Essence is a refined and dramatic exhibition of new works by these five premier female artists, curated so that the viewer will be fully immersed within the space and each artists installation of artworks. The sculptural forms and wall panels will predominantly occupy the walls, with a limited number of pieces sitting within the space, guiding the viewer on a journey through materiality, culture and landscape.