Fairfarren Janet Clayton Gallery

Posted: June 24, 2018 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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Fairfarren Janet Clayton Gallery !
Heather Ellyard Continuum 6: hum with me the lullaby of stone
Heather Ellyard Continuum 6: hum with me the lullaby of stone (detail)
Heather Ellyard No word is ever abandoned
Heather Ellyard I will wait for you
Heather Ellyard There will be stones
Heather’s work goes straight to the heart of the matter, you can see more here
‘Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow! Grow!”*
In the oldest traditions angels do not necessarily take on human appearance, and have been associated with the forces of nature. They may pass by in a breeze, or in the ruffling of water, in fluxes and in movement of the forces that make up our earth.
*From Midrash – the collection of Jewish moral and ethical debate based on commentaries of the sacred text
Hanna Kay Shibboleth: Y
Hanna Kay Shibboleth: B
see more of Hanna’s exquisite paintings here
if you’re in town don’t miss this show, closes at 4 this afternoon
love this compelling Crow by Jody Graham at AD Space
Jody Graham Discarded
Jody Graham Discarded (detail)
Jody’s show finished yesterday you can see more of her work here
Lorraine Connelly-Northey
“works with seemingly unworkable materials – corrugated iron, chicken wire, barbwire and sheets of aluminium, which she manipulates into the forms of Waradgerie cultural objects such as narrbangs (string bags), digging sticks, possum skin cloaks and koolimans (bush bowls). Lorraine identifies strongly with both her Waradgerie and Irish familial histories and cultural protocol and intuition underpin her practice. Having recognised her own discomfort harvesting plant fibre for weaving, she sought instead to work with industrial and metal discards. Where we might see a secondhand mattress, Lorraine sees the circular springs within it, reminiscent of linear woven forms, and instantly recognises a narrbang.”
Measured Response NAS
Penny Evans
Both representational and metaphorical, Kamilaroi artist Penny Evans’ ceramic creations are embedded with dual meanings. At times an object takes the form of a matrilineal ancestor, at others, it becomes a constellation, but it is through the making process that Penny better understands how she is connected to them. As she creates her pinch pots she makes a lot of noise – tearing apart clay slabs, slapping, rolling and puncturing them with her fingertipsbefore pinching out the material in concentric motions. There is an ancestral familiarity with the earthly clay, a material that has always known our bodies. For Penny, the action of painting white slip/ underglaze onto a terracotta or black clay body is symbolic of the act of painting up the human body for ceremony.”
Measured Response
Penny Evans detail
Lucy Simpson
“Winangaylanha ngay mara (2018)  the title means ‘my hands remember’ in Yuwaalaraay language. Lucy’s practice often begins with instinctual thoughts or memories, crucial for her body’s re-learning and responding to materials deeply connected to country, knowledge and process.
Measured Response
Lucy Simpson (detail)
selected works of the Hands on Weavers collective
read more about this wonderful work here
we also saw Girt by Sea a fabulous exhibition of aerial photography
& to top a great day off Old Man Crow played a few tunes with Aubrey & Purton at Paddington Markets

Comments
  1. dinahmow says:

    A quick run-through with my first coffee.I’ll have to come back later for a more thorough look.
    By the way, did you see the Artspace links on my blog? Too difficult to post all the books from my photos! https://moreidlethoughts.wordpress.com/2018/06/17/from-the-libris-awards-2018/

  2. Fiona says:

    Mo I could steep myself in this beauty for days…thank you for the chance to glimpse it and feel it.

  3. Martine says:

    Mo i have to come back here often to see all these beauties again and again…….

  4. fiberels says:

    A lot of special things !!!

  5. emilysuzanna says:

    Thank you for introducing us to these amazing artists. ❤️

  6. Saskia says:

    thanks Mo, especially loving ‘discarded’

  7. Barry says:

    MC – as others have said – this is a very packed post. All powerful – and some beautifully confronting. May we continue to use our art to not only bring joy but a little awareness as well. B

    • Mo Crow says:

      Barry, it was such an inspiring day!
      PS I took the liberty of editing your comment from ‘iostherms’ to ‘as others’ although I quite enjoyed considering what those isoterhms would have to say about art!

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