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MARCH 3rd – 27th

FEATURED ARTISTS

CATRIONA POLLARD, MICHELLE PERRETT & GARY SHINFIELD 

Where Mountains Meet Infinity explores our relationship with mountains as we traverse over them and how they impact our sense of space, time and perspective.  Bringing together three exceptional Australian artists who use nature to influence their works of art – Fibre Artist Catriona Pollard, Ceramist Michelle Perrett, and painter and printmaker Gary Shinfield.

Running from 3 March to 27 March 2022, this exhibition will include natural sculptures, ceramics and prints that explore colour, texture and organic form of the inspirational wilderness of the Blue Mountains NSW.

OPENING EVENT – Saturday 5th from 2pm

ARTISTS

CATRIONA POLLARD – Fibre Artists

I have established a reputation as a distinctive fibre artist who uses traditional basketry techniques to transform foraged plant fibres into organic sculptural works.

My unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into evocative works that celebrate the abundance of nature and investigate our personal connection to the natural world.

With a intuitive minimal aesthetic, my abstract sculptures use foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques.

My work highlights the link between raw foraged organic materials, like vines and seed pods, with earthy materials like base metals including copper, and natural elements like charcoal, clay and ash. Most contains nothing but the organic material – no glue or synthetic dyes, and most don’t even use anything to bind it together, such as thread or wire.

Through my sculptures, I use nature as a way to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, but touches them in a personal and profound way.

Transforming discarded organic material into sculptures forces the viewer to observe the natural world and explore the concept of controlling it or being in harmony with it.

It adds a layer of wonder and contemplative engagement, and can also lead to a reflection on our inner landscape and the question of what would happen if we saw aspects of our lives in different ways.

Through this reinterpretation of nature, my work offers up the concept that we should actively see nature as part of us rather than simply an object that has no meaning or spirit. This investigation also leads to a reflection on our inner landscape and questioning control versus harmony within our lives.

The forms I weave tell stories relating to emotions, concepts, energy and experiences. They are about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. For me, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.

Inspiration
Growing up in the country, with summers at the beach and every other school holidays camping and walking through National Parks has resulted in a deep connection with the natural world around me.

As I walk through the bush tracks inspiration presents itself. I see a fallen tree with the roots exposed and an idea for a sculpture is illuminated. Or as I wade through the rock pools, the shape of the water against the rocks becomes an idea for a story to be told through sculptural form.

VIRTUAL GALLERY & ONLINE SHOP

MICHELLE PERRETT

Michelle Perrett is a visual artist working in ceramics and installation. She is interested in threatened species and researches native plants and ecosystems. Her nursing background has informed her interest in healing properties of plants, and previous bodies of work about hospitals and maternity. Michelle has been a finalist in art prizes for her porcelain botanical sculpture and installations including the North Sydney Art Prize 2018 and Meroogal Woman’s Art Prize 2016. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Art from The University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts (COFA) and an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics, Northern Beaches TAFE. She was a recipient of the six-month Northern Beaches Council residency Award at Eramboo Artist Environment 2018. Her exhibitions include those at Craft NSW, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Myer Department Store, Sir Hermann Black Gallery and 9 Designers at Manly Art Gallery & Museum. She was a finalist in Little Things Art Prize 2020 and was an Open Winner in the Northern Beaches Art Prize – Postcards from Home 2020.
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GARY SHINFIELD

More to come

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