sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Main Gallery   10 November - 04 December 2021

Matthew Curtis – Luminous Margin

In developing this body of work, Curtis’ keen eye for symmetry and mathematical precision have become peripheral, yielding a more meditative approach to the alignment of form. Working with a subtle and shifting palette of hues, referencing the traditional glassblowing technique of sommerso. The composition of these fields of colour, veneers encasing the encompassed blown void, accentuates their boundaries and margins. Reflecting upon how objects and ideas need at times to yield and accommodate each other to fit together harmoniously.

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Gallery Two   10 November - 04 December 2021

Christine Cathie – Light Cast

Sabbia Gallery is delighted to present this solo exhibition of new works in glass by Christine Cathie. To ‘cast’ is to perform one of many possible actions We cast to create beautiful objects from hot molten liquid in to moulds. We cast actors into stories that are not their own. We cast shadows and doubts against our own expectations. I am casting glass into cursive shapes, relishing the curvaceous flourish of brush stroke in substantial solid curves that rewrite meaning from the light it receives. I am guided by the shape of my hill bound environment, the rolling curvaceous hills and skylines and ever changing seascape; nature’s shapes scribed in natural glass. These works sit proud from the wall surface, bringing a floating sensation to the form. Contrasts of polished and satin surfaces provide an extra dimension to the glass’s visual language, projecting colour and contrast against the surrounding surfaces it ultimately reaches. More often than not glass is a material we look through to see beyond, yet this gestural celebration in glass highlights the ability of this super fluid medium to draw and convey a story in its own right. The calligraphic connotation is important in this work, the freedom of a brush stroke giving a sense of immediacy and movement. I am moved by this work, and I invite the viewer to investigate their own senses of motion and wonder. Christine Cathie, August 2021

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