I once read a comment that said the novel is the best way we have of talking about ourselves. I believe that art is another way we have of talking about ourselves.
Contemporary craft in Australia illuminates and articulates our identity. Traditionally "The Bush" (as everywhere not in the city is known) has been a place of harsh landscapes and heroic sweaty, masculine types subduing or being beaten down by the unrelenting climate and isolation. Contemporary ceramicists are articulating the bush as a lyrical, poetic place of stillness, contemplation and subtlety.
Tania Rollond has been exploring landscape and memory for many years in her beautiful ceramics. Her latest work is a series of vessels. They reference human/nature interaction in their poetic titles such as "Bottle - An Autumn Crossing" and "Bottle - Rain & Light, Coming and Going" Rollond abstracts the landscape creating a meditation on our place in the land. This work is like a membrane, a conduit between culture and nature. Through Rollond's vessels the bush is redefined as a place of inspiration, and mystery not the be subdued or fought against but to be marvelled at. Rollond says that her work "do(es) not directly imitate nature, but parallel(s) its dynamics."
Tania Rollond is speaking and demonstrating at the Australian Ceramics
Triennale 16th -20th of July.
Her work is part of a group exhibition "Conversations"
- 15.07.2009 - 15.08.2009
- Sabbia Gallery - Surry Hills, Sydney