Woodfires & Retrials
Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown
A man becomes his attentions. Observation and curiosity make and remake him.-William Least Heat Moon.
The 20 or so pieces in this exhibition emerged from a number of extreme firings designed to reference a condensing of geological time and catastrophic natural phenomena.
Ultimately these are the selected results from high fire low-tech events which to me best conveyed a sense of landscape shaped by events such as storm surges, bush fire and lava flow.
Central to this methodology is the ability to set up potentials within the kiln, then to switch them off.
Therefore the work becomes a registration of that moment, frozen at 1300+degrees, and bears particular arrangements of disfigurement and points of conflict.
I have played this on forms familiar as home country, with their historic natural Australasian blends, and utilised familiar glazes which despite their northern Asian origins have long been associated with Australian landscape.
Hopefully something like the “beauty of imperfection combined with raw gutsiness” Eleanora Triguboff wrote about of recently has resulted, because I agree there is a need for “concrete force(s) to powerfully counterbalance the rise of digital mediums.”
Meanwhile, attempting to counterbalance the “concrete” and the “pyro plastic” continues to intrigue and motivate me. - Rowley Drysdale, October 2014.
Triguboff, Eleanora. Artand. 2014. Issue 51.4.