Celebrated Sydney fibre artist Catriona Pollard’s solo exhibition ‘surfacing’ at Sydney Road Gallery offers stunning works of sculptural basketry and assemblage works that explore the concept of layers of self and oneness by applying material and techniques to different organic surfaces.
Running from 27 September to 21 October 2018, Ms Pollard uses the process of exploring nature to inspire her and through the observation and interaction with nature she has developed works for this exhibition that allow colour, texture and organic form to surface.
The beautifully constructed pieces made from foraged plant material, offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into shapes that celebrate the abundance of nature.
Ms Pollard’s work highlights the link between raw foraged organic materials, like vines and seed pods, with earthy materials like base metals including copper, and natural elements like charcoal, clay and silk.
“By placing ourselves in nature, removed from the constant interruptions of the digital life we have now, it allows an expansion of our creative expression and an uncovering of deeper layers of self. Through these sculptures, I’m giving the viewer an opportunity to experience this idea of oneness with nature,” said Ms Pollard.
“Having a deep connection with the natural world, the sculptures offer up the idea that we need to see nature as part of us and that it’s plays an important part of helping us become fully aware of who we are. It inspires us to expand, but also forces us to confront whatever stands in way of that expansion; to see the layers of self.”
“My work transforms the inherent beauty of nature into moments that encourage reflection and connection. To see ourselves in harmony with the natural world around us,” said Ms Pollard.
Ms Pollard using the basketry techniques that have been used since the dawn of humanity and is one of the oldest art forms that dates back to primal roots and hasn’t changed for thousands of years.
When: 27 September – 21 October 2018
Meet The Artist: Saturday 29 September 1 – 4pm
Times: Thursday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Sydney Road Gallery, 563 Sydney Road Seaforth NSW 2092
About Catriona Pollard
Catriona Pollard’s unique sculptural work uses foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques to showcase nature and the beauty it shares with us. Her work is emotionally authentic, uniquely contemporary, and visually stunning.
She uses nature as a way to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, but touches them in a personal and profound way. Transforming discarded organic material into sculptures forces people to view the natural world around them in a different way.
It adds a layer of wonder and contemplative engagement, and can also lead to a reflection on our inner landscape and the question of what would happen if we saw aspects of our lives in different ways.
The forms she weaves tell stories relating to friends, family and experiences. They are about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. Simply, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.
Catriona Pollard has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions and this her third solo exhibition. She has been shortlisted as many art awards including Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, finalist Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, and Mosman Art Gallery.
Her work is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. www.theartofweaving.com.au