sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Main Gallery   25 July - 22 August 2020

Pippin Drysdale – Breakaway

In over 40 years as a full time practising ceramic artist, the Australian landscape has never ceased to inspire and fascinate Pippin Drysdale. For the Breakaway exhibition, she wanted to create a visual response to the topography of chasms, gorges, gaps and cavities created over millions of years. This collection represents the spine of our landscape, the cliffs, caves and ecosystems that play a unique role within nature’s maps; succour offering shelter, water and food; and points of surveillance and safety. Inspired initially by the compelling formations in the Karlu Karlu Conservation Reserve near Katherine in the Northern Territory, and walking and camping around the Bungle Bungles in the Kimberley, the works resonate with both a deep respect for the profound physical beauty of the landscape and the sacred connection to country, stories and cultural life of Australia’s First Nations People. Pippin saw in the natural process of the weathering and erosion that shapes, scars, and colours those spectacular natural wonders create, with the challenge to create drawings of layered colours around ceramic forms. She has long understood that landscape is not just about the physical form, and over time has tried, using colour and pattern, to describe the effect of light changing hues over the passing of time from sunrise to sunset, and season to season. In ‘Breakaway’, Pippin has sought to capture the vastness of the Australian sky and the effects of differing weather patterns. The sky is where the earth and the universe meet and whether it is a cloudless cerulean blue or dark or the grey and purple of a looming storm, its luminous, lustrous magnificence is all-encompassing. Maggie Baxter is an artist, curator, and writer who lives and works in Western Australia

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Gallery Two   25 July - 22 August 2020

Lisa Cahill – Pause

Capturing fleeting moments, slowing down, pondering the unknown and watching the light change. Now more than ever I am drawn to making work evocative of an ephemeral landscape that creates a space for quiet contemplation.  Inspired by both the natural world and the transitory nature of the urban experience, my dreamlike images allow viewers to draw associations with their own remembered landscapes resulting in a meditative and emotional response. Rather than a direct reproduction they are more my own interpretation of light and landscape and become a place to document the reality beyond the visible. Lisa Cahill, July 2020

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Main Gallery   2 - 26 September 2020

Clare Belfrage – Deep Skin

Maintaining my connection to the natural world seems as important as ever but perhaps with a new kind of urgency attached. I am moved and inspired by forces in nature that are quiet and gentle, powerful and profound. I am looking at the surface of things again. Skin. A familiar looking, coming in close – bark, lichen, moss - but a different focus. I’m drawn to patterns and rhythms and what it is they tell. How does a skin describe a life lived? It holds an expression of growth and of ageing. It is a barrier and a story.

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Gallery Two   2 - 26 September 2020

Holly Macdonald – FAÇADE

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 others too. Furtive glances and blurry photos returned to the studio with me. I realised that my looking at these spaces amounted more to reading: reading these private street-facing spaces as the inscriptions of history they are. FAÇADE, a series of sculptural ceramic vessels and objects, records an angular language of fences and screens, columns and brickwork, doors and windows glimpsed through the outward and upward thrust of plants busily growing. The ceramic vessel hold this tension between what is revealed and concealed. My aim with this series of works is to creatively express the layers of past and present written into the home façade acknowledging it as an important document of diversity and resilience and of community for the future.

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Gallery Two   7 - 31 October 2020

Ninuku Arts

Ninuku was founded in 2006 by a small group of Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra artists in a small mud-brick building in Kalka, located in the far northwest corner of South Australia. Currently, the art centre supports a rotating roster of close to forty artists and makers living in both Kalka and Pipalyatjara, which are the most remote communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Over the course of the last decade the art centre has exhibited work nationally and internationally, becoming known for its powerful colour palettes as well as the diversity of styles, techniques, and mediums of each artist. Whilst the origins of Ninuku’s creative output lay in the traditions of Western Desert dot painting, artists have grown over time to incorporate loose brush techniques as well as tjanpi (grass) and punu (wood) sculpture into their practices, as well as most recently enamelling for hot blown glass.

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Main Gallery   4 - 28 November 2020

Cathy Franzi – Natural Affinity

In making this new body of work I focus on the remarkable plants and landscape of Wollemi National Park, a remote wilderness area west of Sydney and sadly last summer, the centre of Australia’s largest ever bushfire. The aim through the exploration of ceramic materials, surface and form is to express my innate affinity and connection to the natural world. Cathy Franzi, 2020

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