I: The BAS – Remains to be seen (Vida Sobottka)
By referencing historical reliquaries – glass domes, dioramas and cabinets of curiosity – Vida’s collection of ceramic objects and scenes venerates the ordinary, the everyday. Precious and fragile, these pieces proclaim the sacred and ask questions of the future.
I feel serenity as I walk into this exhibition. The pieces are only along the walls and they are spaciously displayed, a different mode on each wall. Primarily they are ceramic pieces, sometimes under glass domes, Victorian style; sometimes attached to vertical backgrounds painted in muted colours; sometimes plaque-like frames reminiscent of plaster decorations on old Warsaw buildings; sometimes vase-like containers with an image painted on the front; once a sculpture on a shelf. The predominant colour is a tranquil creamy white.
II: Bodalla Gallery – Breath of the mountain
I made these paintings as a way of inquiring into the personhood of places – their character, soulfulness, and sentience, and their right to thrive and be protected from harm. Land, water and mountains breathe with us: you see their breath in clouds and mist. The breath of the mountains tells us that they’re alive. (Jennifer Taylor)
This exhibition elicited a “Wow!” from more than one visitor as they entered the gallery and saw in front of them a wall of mountains.
Jennifer Taylor’s tribute to the mountains of Central Australia is a mix of abstraction and detail; shape and colour; and indeed personhood. The aesthete and the amateur geologist in me both acquire satisfaction.
The artist also pays homage, artistic and verbal, to the traditional owners in the person of Doris Thomas, Arlyetilhe
My photos don’t do justice to the paintings, but this time I wanted to show them clustered and in the gallery. For a better look at individual paintings, click here. There are 70 paintings in the slideshow, not all in this exhibition.
This post was drastically delayed by the proximity of bushfires. Exhibitions I intended to visit didn’t eventuate for the same reason.