vessel - burnt banksias
I have always been captivated by the Australian bush. My childhood was spent exploring our property; my adventures and imagination fuelled by the stories of May Gibbs and her big bad banksia men. Time stood still. Days lasted forever.
Shiny and black they mimic the banksias found in the bush, naturally black, but striking and reminiscent of the recent bushfires.
These sculptural ceramic-based banksia vessels reinterpret traditional basketry with repurposed everyday materials. Cordage made from newspaper is used in the construction of the basket-woven top. The use of newspaper explores themes of communication, censorship and bush politics as reported or omitted from the daily ‘news’, and is through the action of ‘making’, that takes time and care, they are transformed into a new structure that is cherished and valuable. Coloured cotton thread is used to stitch the coiled basket form.
wangaratta petite miniature textile exhibition 2020. wangaratta art gallery, wangaratta VIC
blue mountains art prize 2020, NSW
ceramic, newspaper, 4ply cotton
glazed earthenware and newspaper coiled vessel.
size: variable - approx width 14cm each
Works in this series are available at Gallery Lane Cove.
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