The Silence of Beauty
13 July 2022 - 7 August 2022
‘The Silence of Beauty’ explores our spiritual connection to nature using sculpture to access the visceral and organic landscapes of spirit within nature.
The sculptures of foraged vines and recycled metal wire references the ancient basketry technique of looping that has been used across human cultures for tens of thousands of years. The looping creates patterns and a harmonious rhythm that the artist witnesses in nature.
The exhibition explores how the invisible, non-material realm can uncover the psyche of our place in the landscape, with the objective of reaching beyond the human narrative of the landscape.
The sculptures are created in spiritual conversation and meditation with the artist’s natural surroundings, and explore the liminal state between observing with sight and sound and observing with spirit.
By sharing dialogue with the materials and allowing them to inform the narrative of the artwork, it means that stories are formed and shared from the landscape in transformational ways – in a language that provides new meanings and relationships with spirit, nature, humans and the landscape – and the interconnectedness of all.
Catriona Pollard has an established reputation as a distinctive contemporary artist who uses traditional basketry techniques to transform foraged plant fibres and recycled metals into poetic sculptural works. By transforming organic and recycled material into sculptures, she is investigating the battle humans have between controlling nature and seeing ourselves in harmony with it.
Catriona has had eight solo exhibitions and exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions. She was awarded the 2021 Northern Beaches Artist in Residence, and has been shortlisted as finalist Environmental Art & Design Award, Australian Fibre Arts Award, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, Little Things Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery 2088 and Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW.
Through her sculptures, she uses nature as a way to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, but touches them in a personal and profound way. Ultimately aiming to reignite people’s relationship with nature for the wellbeing of both the human and more than human worlds.
Her work is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. She teaches a range of basketry workshops in Australia and internationally.