sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Main Gallery   29 July - 23 August 2022

Simone Fraser – In a Ritual Sense

Sabbia Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of In a Ritual Sense by leading Australian ceramic artist Simone Fraser. Fraser has been practicing as a ceramic artist and educator for over forty years. She has lectured over several TAFE campuses in NSW and the National Art School Sydney and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics based in Geneva. Fraser has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions and her work is represented in collections nationally and internationally including; Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences - Powerhouse in Sydney, HOTA Queensland, Yingge Ceramics Museum New Taipei City Taiwan, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville, Museu del Cantir Barcelona, The Bendigo Regional Gallery Victoria, Manly Art Gallery and Museum Sydney, International Modern Pot Art Museum Yixing China, Wollongong Regional Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Campbellltown Regional Art Gallery NSW, and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery NSW. Most cultures have used vessels as icons or symbols on their historical journey and I choose to work within this tradition. In this exhibition I continue my investigation into both the day-to-day acts of contemplation and the complex acts of social ceremony. It is also a link to the customs and practices that distinguish all cultures including our contemporary world. Simone Fraser, July 2022

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Gallery Two   29 July - 23 August 2022

Tali Tjuta – Many Sandhills by Selinda Davidson

Sabbia Gallery is delighted to present Tali Tjuta : Many Sandhills, the first solo exhibition in Sydney for the talented Indigenous artist Selinda Davidson. Selinda was born in October 1994 in Alice Springs. As a teenager she moved to Irruntyju and then Pipalyatjara. She became a member of Ninuku Arts Centre painting regularly as well as serving as an arts worker. Selinda enjoys making design (walka) inspired traditional mark making and tjukurpa. Selinda has been inspired by her grandparents the late Mr Donegan and Molly Miller and has learnt from them how to paint tjukurpa and translate story into her design. Her family’s country is in Warburton, WA and she speaks both Pitjantjatjara and English. Ninuku Arts began glass making in 2018 as a project to explore new materials and techniques of painting celebrating the enduring culture and distinct visual language of both emerging and elder artists from Pipalyatjara and Kalka communities. In association with the Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre, these pieces which debuted at Tarnanthi Art Fair the next year were the first of their kind for both indigenous makers and contemporary Australian craft collaborations. A young emerging artist, Selinda Davidson has been a breakout star in exhibitions across the country, including her first solo exhibition at the JamFactory in the Barossa Valley South Australia in 2021. Through ongoing practice, Selinda has found a happy place of applying and etching through paint to create detailed line work inspired by Wanapari (concentric lines) in country on the South Australian and Western Australian border and reveals layers of colour and light just beneath the surface. The exhibition presents new artworks in both glass and on canvas depicting Tali Tjuta (many sand hills) in the area of the artist’s ngurra (country). This is a sacred area where minyma (women) perform inma (women’s ceremonies involving dancing and singing). The artworks depict an aerial view of the landscape and reflects the way the sand looks when the wind blows over it.

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