Sunday, July 5, 2009
Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink- The Watery Contradictions in the work of Merran Esson
The unique, monumental sculptural works of Merran Esson will be on show during the Australian Ceramics Triennale. These evocative forms nag at the edge of Australian identity with their echoes and resonances of tanks, rusted cars and rural junk. Merran's work encompasses the domestic, industrial and rural landscape juxtaposing form and rich, layered surface.
I find it interesting that these works evoke country Australia so strongly yet the colours and glazed surface retain links to the humid coastal strip. Everything in this work leads to water. The corrugations of the tank like forms and almost rusted glazed surface remind the viewer of the constant search for this precious commodity in rural Australia at the same time as the blues and greens of the glazes and richness of the pallete remind one of the ocean.
LYNDA DRAPER, MERRAN ESSON & FIONA MURPHY
07.07.2009 - 25.07.2009
Stella Downer Fine Art - Waterloo, Sydney
Merran Esson is also the head of the organizing committee for the Australian Ceramics Triennale and has spent many hours gathering information, contacting artists (which is a bit like herding kittens) and planning for the extravaganza!