Walk through of The Volume of Hope

Please enjoy a walk through of my seventh solo exhibition ‘The Volume of Hope’ which explores the relationship between nature and hope. Tapping into the energy of nature, the new body of sculptural artwork is a meditation on the natural world exploring its ability to generate hope.

By sharing the dialogue with natural materials and allowing them to inform the narrative, the artworks address our relationship with nature and its tangible impact on hope, with the ultimate aim of moving people closer to hope for the wellbeing of all – both human and the more than human world.

The new body of work is the culmination of the awarded 2021 Northern Beaches Art Residency. It includes sculptures using traditional basketry techniques with foraged and discarded plant material, recycled copper, paper and moving image.

“It’s the wonder of nature which people flocked to during the COVID lockdown seeking that powerful link between hope and nature. It seems like never before has it been so necessary to search out and rely on hope.”

“Encountering nature – listening to the wind in the trees, smelling the earth, tasting the rain, watching an ant walk across a rock – increases hope directly as it intrinsically demonstrates the interconnectedness of all things.”

“This sense of connectedness and appreciation of the more than human world is an essential source of hope. It links us to future possibilities and to the greater living world around us and the sense of wonder and joy that only nature can provide.”

“Hope also inspires responsibility for conserving the more than human world and recognising the interdependence between the welfare of humans and the natural world.”


Finalist in the Environmental Art & Design Prize 2021

I'm thrilled that my sculpture Reservoir of Hope is a finalist in the Environmental Art & Design Prize 2021. See it at Manly Art Gallery & Museum until Sunday, 12 December 2021 - 5:00pm. 

The finalist exhibition is a cross-disciplinary exhibition of selected works by artists and designers across the country who are engaged with the natural world, environmental renewal, regeneration and the circular economy. In its inaugural year, the award celebrates contemporary art and design practices that are socially engaged, environmentally aware and that seek to contribute to positive change.

Reservoir of Hope
Over scorched earth and blackened waterways sits a precariously balanced Reservoir of Hope. An emblem for the future. The bushfires and floods touched me personally and resulted in the reflection that the constant stream of terrifying images and dire predictions disengages and generates a sense of despair. It immobilises people with hopelessness.

Using crushed copper house guttering placed into a bushfire, wood foraged from a bushfire and recycled electrical copper wire, Reservoir of Hope represents the concept that we have reservoirs of hope – stores of an emotion that can be used to envision our future. In times of crisis – planetary or personal – we can access it to amplify positivity and action into the situation.

Hope allows us to want to do right by the world and feel responsibility for conserving nature and recognising the interdependence between the welfare of humans and the more than human world.

Size: 60 h 42 w 36d, Recycled copper, wood.

 


Solo exhibition: The Volume of Hope – a meditation on nature and hope

 

My seventh solo exhibition ‘The Volume of Hope’ explores the relationship between nature and hope. Tapping into the energy of nature, the new body of sculptural artwork is a meditation on the natural world exploring its ability to generate hope.

By sharing the dialogue with natural materials and allowing them to inform the narrative, the artworks address our relationship with nature and its tangible impact on hope, with the ultimate aim of moving people closer to hope for the wellbeing of all – both human and the more than human world.

Running from 11-21 November 2021 at Eramboo Artist Environment, Terrey Hills, the new body of work is the culmination of the awarded 2021 Northern Beaches Art Residency. It includes sculptures using traditional basketry techniques with foraged and discarded plant material, recycled copper, paper and moving image.

“It’s the wonder of nature which people flocked to during the COVID lockdown seeking that powerful link between hope and nature. It seems like never before has it been so necessary to search out and rely on hope.”

“Encountering nature – listening to the wind in the trees, smelling the earth, tasting the rain, watching an ant walk across a rock – increases hope directly as it intrinsically demonstrates the interconnectedness of all things.”

“This sense of connectedness and appreciation of the more than human world is an essential source of hope. It links us to future possibilities and to the greater living world around us and the sense of wonder and joy that only nature can provide.”

“Hope also inspires responsibility for conserving the more than human world and recognising the interdependence between the welfare of humans and the natural world.”

Exhibition details:

When: 11-21 November 2021

Opening afternoon: Sunday 14 November 2021, 2 - 4pm

Times: 10am - 4:00pm

Location: Eramboo Artist Environment, 304 McCarrs Creek Rd, Terrey Hills

ABOUT:

Catriona Pollard has established a reputation as a distinctive fibre artist who uses traditional basketry techniques to transform foraged plant fibres into sculptural works. She uses the process of observing 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 themselves in harmony with it.

Ms Pollard was awarded the 2021 Northern Beaches Artist in Residency, has exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions and has been shortlisted in art awards including Environmental Art & Design Awards,  Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, Little Things Art Prize and Mosman Art Gallery.

 


Where Mountains Meet Infinity Exhibition at Gang Gang Gallery

Where Mountains Meet Infinity

3 March – 27 March 2022

Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow

Opening evening 3 March 20211

The exhibition 'Where Mountains Meet Infinity' explores our relationship with mountains as we traverse over them and how they impact our sense of space, time and perspective.

Bringing together three exceptional Australian artists who use nature to influence their works of art – Fibre Artist Catriona Pollard, Ceramist Michelle Perrett, and painter and printmaker Gary Shinfield.

Running from 3 March to 27 March 2022, this exhibition will include natural sculptures, ceramics and prints that explore colour, texture and organic form of the inspirational wilderness of the Blue Mountains NSW.

 


Creative Toolkit: How to reach your audience

 

 

I'm presenting with the Northern Beaches Council:

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm - if you can't make that date a reply will be available for those registered.

Join artist, communications specialist and author of From Unknown to Expert, Catriona Pollard for this online Creative Toolkit focused on developing strong artistic profiles, reaching audiences and creating your own opportunities.

Book online via Microsoft Teams


Australian Fibre Art Awards

So thrilled to be a finalist in the inaugural Australian Fibre Art Awards with this work 'It's The Pauses That Are the Sweetest'. The works in this award are incredible, I'm so honoured to have been included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To walk through the exhibition:

https://youtu.be/XHj7N3BZAMo

 

 

 


The Volume of Hope Body of Work Video

This video is a wonderful capture of my Residency at the Northern Beaches.

 

Filmed by Northern Beaches Council and Kayapa.


Sydney Living Museums - Artisans Encounters

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Sydney Living Museums in their Artisans Encounters project which was about celebrating contemporary artisans working across craft, food and trades and who embrace traditional crafts presenting them in innovative and exciting ways.

Focusing on goods produced by non-industrialised methods, often handed down through generations but now in danger of being lost, Artisan Encounters encourages discussion and conversation around old and new, past and present, place and provenance.

 


Rekindling Your Creative Spirit Talk

 

I had a wonderful conversation with Anna Kellerman from Mama Creatives about my journey to finding my art form and my approach to having a dedicated and purposeful creative life.

Watch it by clicking on the image or click here.