Thanks to my family and friends for all the support I've received RE 'Mapping Place' at HarbourSculpture. Yesterday afternoon/evening's Community Launch Party was terrific despite the wind and cold. So interesting to see the sculptures in different light situations with beautiful Sydney Harbour, the Bridge, and city skyline and the grounds of Clarkes Point Reserve as a backdrop. The HarbourSculpture committee have been great, putting in countless hours to organise and coordinate a successful exhibition. Thanks also to all the volunteers for facilitating the event.
Thank you to Anthony Bond and Macushla Robinson (exhibition curators) for awarding me one of 4 stipends for my work, Mapping Place. And a huge thank you to J Steel Australasia for sponsoring the stipends. Your generousity and support of the arts adds to community vitality by broadening the way we see and articulate the world. Thank you.
One last thank you to Deckhouse who provided a marvelous opening night on Thursday evening. The food and wine were absolutely delicious and the service, faultless. I'd love some more melt-in-your-mouth tandoori lamb cutlets and those incredible macaroons!
Below are a few images of the work in situ.
These pieces (27 in total) are handbuilt using several clays (not combined) to obtain a variety of textures - Keane's Special K & Toast & Feeney's BRT. The layered, painterly surface is a combination of terra sigillata, iron, rutile & manganese pigments, blue slip, paper resist & tissue transfers under dry and stoneware clear glazes. They were raw fired to cone 9 in oxidation using electric and gas kilns. Luckily they all survived.
I'm really happy with how they sit so well into the environment; how the leaf patterns echo the fallen leaves surrounding them; and the colours reflect the earth, sky and water.
There's still time to catch the exhibitions - Internal (finishes 23 July) and External wraps up next Sunday 27 July.
I've finally put together a selection of workshops you may be interested in doing. They start at the end of July and run through to November.
Here's an overview below. You can find all the details on the Workshops page or download this flyer and schedule.
Yesterday I had the great fortune of being introduced by a friend to a new shop in Surry Hills - smallspaces. Sarah O'Neill's relatively small shop has a beautiful collection of simple, elegant & very special pieces.
Some of the wonderful things that caught my eye include washable, reusable paper bags, some stunning, large handcrafted ceramic pieces & soft stools made from old Kanthas.
I was lucky enough to have some textile items with me & she purchased a couple of eucalyptus & metal dyed fabric runners.
For some special gifts or personal purchases, check out smallspaces at 674 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, just down from Cleveland Street. You can contact Sarah on +61 2 8399 3144. Her website is in development. Happy shopping & let your friends know!
Kylie Rose McLean
I love creating, turning my ideas into reality, being challenged, and immersed in realising an idea. In these moments I am absorbed, inspired and wrapped in my own world. It's wonderful!