Sabbia Gallery is pleased to present Still – like water, a very beautiful solo exhibition by internationally recognised artist Kirstie Rea. Kirstie has been practising for over thirty years and her work is held in some of the world’s most important public and private contemporary art collections.
Kirstie says of her work:
I walk to stop, to be still.
A fluid stillness that plants my feet. They consider growing roots, a momentary transplant.
Between clouds, trees, boulders and a creek in a valley, the fragility of moments becomes transparent and tangible.
This body of work explores the sculptural possibilities of a sheet of glass, heat and gravity. Each work an abstraction of place, time, light and lines. Pared back but infused with colour drawn from the decorative elements that clothe and place a landscape, it is an abstraction of hills and valleys walked.
Seemingly soft, fluid glass forms nest within, are held by or connected to a customised wall structure, abstracted from the ageless more static elements and spaces of place – rock, boulder, space between trees.
At the core of my practice lies the desire to seek an understanding of our often tenuous connections to place. Walking in places beyond urban environments, seeking solitude and distance, photography and writing have become tools to inform my making.
Kirstie Rea, September 2019