sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre


Holly Macdonald, Arches, 2020, Terracotta, stained porcelain slip, underglaze, ceramic crayon, 260 x 210 x 170 mm

Gallery Two   28 November - 22 December 2020

Holly Macdonald – Inside Outside

Inside Outside

Many elements press up against one-another in the making of a hand-made object, from the history of a form, to the politics of the place and space where the object is made, to the thoughts and body of the maker.

This series of works began earlier this year as my housemates and I searched for a new rental property. I found myself captivated by the front gardens and façades of houses – our prospective new homes – but then also many other homes in the suburban streets around us. 

Furtive glances and blurry photos returned to the studio with me. As the year progressed and Melbourne descended into lockdown, my relationship with the outside world narrowed and intensified. The resulting ceramic objects respond to the idea of inside and outside in a physical and psychological sense. They record an angular language of fences and screens, columns and brickwork, doors and windows glimpsed through the outward and upward thrust of plants busily growing. Each work plays with the tension between what is revealed and concealed.