Solo Exhibition: Circle Me

 

I hope you can make my next solo exhibition:

Exhibition details:

When: 9-22 November 2019

Meet The Artist: Saturday 9 November 1 - 4pm

Times: Wednesday – Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm

Location: ME Art Space, TWT St Leonard's Creative Precinct, 25 Atchison St, St Leonards NSW 2065

 

Sculptural exhibition of foraged and discarded plants explores the concept of the circle form

Celebrated Sydney fibre artist Catriona Pollard’s sixth solo exhibition ‘Circle Me’ offers stunning works of sculptural basketry and assemblage works that is an exploration of the circle form.

Running from 9 – 23 November at Me Art Space, St Leonards, the sculptures are made from foraged plant material, and through the observation and interaction with nature Ms Pollard has developed works for this exhibition that explore the interplay of one circle onto another one.

“In this body of work, I’m exploring different forms of the circle to invite the viewer to step inside the circle and experience interconnectedness and explore the expansiveness of the cycles in time, life and nature,” said Ms Pollard.

“We see circles all around us and the form is both the circle and the centre. Through the sculptures I’m beckoning the observer to experience whatever symbolic message it may hold for them.”

“For me, the circle represents the infinite nature of energy. It’s the sun, the moon and the stars. It’s never ending and brings life to us all. The energy is continuous,” said Ms Pollard.

Ms Pollard uses the process of exploring nature to inspire her, and the work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into shapes that celebrate the abundance of nature.

By transforming organic material into sculptures, she is investigating the battle humans have between controlling nature and seeing ourselves in harmony with it.

Through this reinterpretation of nature, her work offers up the concept that we should actively see nature as part of us rather than simply an object that has no meaning or spirit. This investigation also leads to a reflection on our inner landscape and questioning control versus harmony within our lives.

Ms Pollard has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions and has been shortlisted in art awards including Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, Little Things Art Prize and Mosman Art Gallery.

 

Exhibition details:

When: 9-22 November 2019

Meet The Artist: Saturday 9 November 1 - 4pm

Times: Wednesday – Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm

Location: ME Art Space, TWT St Leonard's Creative Precinct, 25 Atchison St, St Leonards NSW 2065

About Catriona Pollard

Catriona Pollard’s unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into works that investigate human’s personal connection with the natural world.

Her sculptural abstracts use foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques.

By transforming organic material into sculptures, she is investigating the battle humans have between controlling nature and seeing ourselves in harmony with it.

Through this reinterpretation of nature, her work offers up the concept that we should actively see nature as part of us rather than simply an object that has no meaning or spirit. This investigation also leads to a reflection on our inner landscape and questioning control versus harmony within our lives.

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.

Catriona Pollard has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions and 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, Little Things 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

 


Listen to this podcast

I had a wonderful chat with Stacey Peterson on the Thrive and Survive podcast where we talked about how I created space in my life to focus on both my art and work, what my creative process is and how I stay balanced and grounded while tackling two full time jobs.

You can listen to the podcast here:


Little Things Art Prize for ‘Pockets of Stardust’

So excited to be named at Finalist in the Little Things Art Prize for ‘Pockets of Stardust’.

Little Things Art Prize was founded by Marnie Ross in 2015 and it hosted by Saint Cloche gallery in Paddington, Sydney.  Artists were invited to submit creative expressions of the ‘Little Things’ that make them happy or feel grateful.

I weave these little treasures when I’m traveling. Woven using paper string (the most easy of my material to get through customs!) on a canvas layered with charcoal. They express the joyful experiences that only travel can bring and remind us to see the extraordinary in everyday moments.

Finalist exhibition opening today at Saint Cloche until 8 September.


Solo Exhibition - Falling Into Longing, Sydney Road Gallery

I'm so excited to feature new works in my upcoming solo exhibition - 'Falling Into Longing'. Hope you see you at the opening.

Exhibition details:

When: 20 June to 14 July 2019
Meet The Artist: Saturday 22 June 2019 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

Sculptural exhibition of foraged and discarded plants explores the concept of longing

Celebrated Sydney fibre artist Catriona Pollard’s fifth solo exhibition ‘Falling Into Longing’ offers stunning works of sculptural basketry and assemblage works that explore the concept of longing and how we move towards our desires and the impact that has on our lives.

Running from 20 June to 14 July 2019 at Sydney Road Gallery, the sculptures are made from foraged plant material, and through the observation and interaction with nature Ms Pollard has developed works for this exhibition that explore colour, texture and organic form.

“I didn’t start exploring my artistic nature until much later in life, and when I started to uncover this hidden creativity, I realised that I had a deep and profound longing to completely fall into it – to surrender to it.” said Ms Pollard.

“I’m exploring this visually through the works in this exhibition, and asking the question, what would happen if we acted on our longings?”

Ms Pollard uses the process of exploring nature to inspire her, and the work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into shapes that celebrate the abundance of nature.

Through reinterpreting nature, her work highlights a deep connection with the natural world, the sculptures offer up the idea that we should see nature as part of us rather than simply an object that has no meaning or spirit. And to see ourselves in harmony with the natural world around us.

“My work transforms the inherent beauty of nature into moments that encourage reflection and connection. Nature plays an important part of helping us become fully aware of who we are. It inspires expansion and reignites an ancient connection,” said Ms Pollard.

Ms Pollard has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions and has been shortlisted in art awards including Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, and Mosman Art Gallery.

Her 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 and clay.

Exhibition details:

When: 20 June to 14 July 2019
Meet The Artist: Saturday 22 June 2019 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

Catriona Pollard

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 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

 


Workshop: The Art of Twining

ANCIENT BASKETRY ART OF TWINING

16 June 2019 10am - 4pm

Where: Catriona Pollard Artist Showroom, Level 1, 4 Young St Neutral Bay
Cost: $195 inc GST and materials

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Having spent hundreds - if not thousands of hours twining so many different types of materials, I just love twining. It's my go to basketry technique where ever I am - on the train from Rome to Florence, sitting on the beach or in front of TV. It's one of those techniques that once you've learnt the fundamentals, you can apply to so many materials, forms, baskets and sculptures.

In this basketry workshop, learn the ancient basketry technique of twining using beautiful polished hemp. You'll learn how to twine and also how to add in to create patterns. During this full-day basketry workshop, there will be time to explore this beautiful weaving technique. Over the day we will be making two small baskets so you will leave confident in the technique, and how to start and do multiple finishes. It's a small class so you get hands-on tuition from an expert. All materials included.

Suitable for beginners, or intermediate weavers. (If you've never done weaving before - perfect! You'll love it and leave with finished baskets).


Workshop: RANDOM WEAVE SCULPTURES  

WORKSHOP: RANDOM WEAVE SCULPTURES  

19 May 10am - 3pm

Where: Catriona Pollard Artist Showroom, Level 1, 4 Young St Neutral Bay
Cost: $195 inc GST and materials

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Learn the random weave basketry technique using the wonderful Bangalow Palm inflorescence.  The workshop is all about exploration and play - not perfection. Experience and explore sculptural basketry techniques and learn how to create something from found organic material just using your hands and imagination.

It's a small class so you get hands-on tuition from an expert. Materials included, but if you have access to Bangalow Palm inflorescence then bring it along. Once booked, I'll give you preparation notes.

Suitable for beginners, or intermediate weavers. (If you've never done weaving before - perfect! You'll love it and leave with finished baskets).


Visit me at The Other Art Fair with complimentary tickets

 

COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS to The Other Art Fair Sydney

I'm excited to be selected for The Other Art Fair in Sydney 14-17 March 2019. It showcases a variety of works that span all mediums and the 120 contemporary artists have been hand-picked by a committee of art industry experts.

I have been given 100 free tickets, so I thought I'd share them with you!

For your complimentary ticket (usually $30) go to sydney.theotherartfair.com/tickets and use the code TOAF2019. ❤️

Hope you see you there.

 


‘From The Landscape’ - exhibition at Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain

 

Contemporary exhibition celebrates connection to nature through an evocative reimagination of Australian landscapes

Art Gallery on Darling presents a new exhibition ‘From The Landscape’ showcasing works from celebrated artists Vanessa Ashcroft and Catriona Pollard, opening on 18 October 2018 in Balmain.

Running from 18 October – 21 October 2018, the exhibition features a collection of pieces that work in synergy to explore the relationship and connection with the natural world. Ms Ashcroft’s evocative landscapes and Pollard’s ethereal sculptural pieces offer a contemporary reimagination of Australian nature through unique uses of colour, texture and organic plant material.

Ms Ashcroft’s work skilfully manipulates texture and form, using unorthodox materials to evoke feeling and give glimpses into her life on the Hawksbury River.

“Rather than portraying a moment in time, I draw inspiration from an immersion in nature to capture the expressive energy of the land,” said Ms Ashcroft.

Challenging traditional boundaries, Ms Ashcroft explores mood, texture, colour and light to create unconventional and striking images.

In ‘From The Landscape’, Ms Pollard celebrates the abundance of nature, working with foraged and organic materials to create unique, sculptural works. Her works use a variety of traditional basketry and assemblage techniques, highlighting the link between raw foraged matter, earthy materials and natural elements to explore our relationship with the environment and its beauty.

“When we place ourselves in nature, removed from the constant interruptions of the digital life we live, we have an opportunity to experience ourselves in harmony with the natural world around us,” said Ms Pollard.

“Using traditional basketry methods, my art celebrates the inherent beauty of nature to create moments that encourage reflection and a sense of connection.”

In homage to the raw beauty of Australian nature, ‘From The Landscape’ includes paintings, sculptures and wall hanging pieces.

Event details

Dates: Thursday to Sunday from 18 October – 21 October 2018
Opening Night Drinks: Thursday 18 October 2018 6pm – 8pm
Gallery hours: Thursday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am – 5pm
Location: Art Gallery on Darling, 315 Darling St Balmain NSW 2041
Cost: Free

 

About Vanessa Ashcroft

Vanessa is Director of Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain, and has a vast experience in the Art World with many solo & Group Shows, selling over the years extensively to Singapore, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Amsterdam.

Living in Patonga on the Central Coast of NSW, Vanessa works from her studio and Gallery, the Salt & Sand Art Gallery in Patonga in the Brisbane Waters National Park.  Vanessa has been a finalist in many Prizes including the Paddington Art Prize, Gosford Art Prize, Mt Eyre Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Prize, Norville Art Prize  and the Mosman Art Prize. Vanessa has been an invited guest artist at the Packsaddle Art Exhibition and a finalist in the prestigious Norville Art Prize.

For many years Vanessa has held Workshops and tutored at Ku-ring-gai Art Centre, Roseville and St. Ignatius, Riverview.  She holds weekend workshops in Patonga and also does individual one on one tutoring. http://vanessaashcroft.com.au/

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 had several solo exhibitions and has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions. 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

 

 

 


Artisans in the Gardens

 

Artisans In The Gardens  12 – 21 October 2018 Lions Gate Lodge Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney

I'm so excited to be selected for this wonderful exhibition.

A celebration of the natural world, Artisans in the Gardens, now in its 18th year, brings together an extraordinary range of artwork. The exhibition showcases some of Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople with over 2,000 artworks including sculpture, ceramics, hand blown glass, jewellery, textiles, plus so much more. More information here.

I'll be there on Sunday 13 October, with a demonstration of random weave at 2:30pm on the front lawn.