NAREK GALLERIES: GLEANINGS – CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS BY SHANNON GARSON

Come one – come all to Shannon Garson’s exhibition at Narek Galleries on the NSW south coast at Tanja from 28 September – 12 November, 2012.

This is what Karen O’Clery, Director of Narek Galleries had to say about her work:

Shannon Garson has developed her unique approach to porcelain, combining draftsmanship with the ceramic making processes, over the past decade. In 2005 she received a Churchill Fellowship and spent 3 months traveling in Europe studying the art of the medieval and Renaissance periods.”I want the surface of the pot to be part of the drawing, not just a surface for the drawing to sit on. I want the whole pot to be experienced, from the weight of it as you pick it up, the texture, the drawing, colour, smoothness of the glaze, all the elements draw the viewer into experiencing the vessel.”

Shannon Garson’s latest work articulates landscape using domestic pots as vessels for drawings about the strange beauty and wonder to be found in the marginalized eco-systems of the littoral zone. Details of shorelines, rock pools and coastal wallum scrub are revealed in the sgraffito and oxide drawings that crawl over the surface of these delicately thrown porcelain vessels. The act of beach-combing, gleaning and collecting is analogous to the process used in making these works. Images, bird-footprints, tiny flowers completely covered in white hairs, the myriad detail of the landscape has been collected into marks. A visual language mapping the experience of being in the landscape, creating a dialogue between domestic life and nature.

The gallery is open Friday to Monday, 10.30am – 5.30pm.

Narek Galleries
Old Tanja Church
1140 Tathra Bermagui Rd, Tanja
NSW 2550
T: 02 6494 0112
www.narekgalleries.com;